The ideal in the business world, especially for corporate leaders, has been the glad-handing extrovert. Consequently, private offices have given way to open cubicles so that everyone can mix and collaborate, even though that seldom happens. Also, everyone has to go to brainstorming meetings, even though research has shown that the best ideas come not from groups but from individuals thinking alone. But now a new appreciation for introverts in the workplace and in leadership positions is emerging.
Susan Cain has written a book on the subject: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. After the jump, an interview with her about her findings.