After Leah @ Books Speak Volumes read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, I REALLY wanted a copy.
I’m not an introvert but I assumed that the book would make me appreciate and understand introverts more. I’m also not a true extrovert, love my peace and quiet, and thought the book might help me learn more about the ways I am in the middle of the extrovert/introvert continuum.
Quiet is a powerful book that is, in my opinion, more geared towards introverts. It seems like the introverted readers will speed through the book, while for someone like me, it took a lot longer. I picked it up, read a little, put it down, read some more, etc.
Quiet is full of amazing facts, but I’ll just highlight a few of them for you:
- One third to one half of Americans are introverts!
- Introverts are good at leading extroverts because they have fabulous listening skills and are okay with not dominating social situations; they are more likely to listen to and implement suggestions.
- In a study that goes along with the bullet above, team members perceived their introverted leaders are more open and receptive to their ideas worked harder and got more done.
- Rosa Parks had an encounter with the same bus driver 12 years before. The driver tried to get her off the bus by pushing her, and she made sure he realized she would get off the bus on her own. On her way out, she dropped her purse and sat on a “white” seat, her own way of passively resisting. Love this story!!!
- Open office plans reduce productivity and memory, there’s a high turnover rate, and more people are sick, hostile, and insecure because they have no “safe place” to go to, they’re all out in the open.
- The larger the brainstorming group, the worse they work at generating great ideas.
- Both introverts and extroverts are equally intelligent.
Who should read Quiet?
Introverts will love, appreciate, and enjoy Quiet for giving explanations, tips, and tricks to having a better life and being understood.
Extroverts and those in between can read Quiet in order to gain more knowledge of introverts, just be prepared that the book might not be as exciting to you.
Let’s take a poll: Introvert? Extrovert? Somewhere in between?