Susan Cain Introverts

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The talk by Susan Cain is really fascinating and thought provoking. She has explicitly explored and exposed the inherent best qualities of an introvert in this video highlighting how the qualities possessed by an introvert could be a good leadership asset. A perspective that was totally unknown to many of us. She emphasized that “Introverts by their nature tend to have a few key passions in their lives and ascend into leadership positions out of a commitment to what they’re doing. They become leaders almost in spite of themselves.” (The Quiet Leadership Institute Newsletter). A good example is the current President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mahammadu Buhari whom close associates describe as a typical introvert.
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Eliza DT supports this viewpoint by saying “I think this is largely accurate and helpful as a metaphor but it’s important to understand that it is only a metaphor for what is happening neuro-biologically. The fact is that introverts and extroverts really do have different nervous systems. We are wired differently. Introverts have a nervous system that reacts more to all forms of stimulation — whether that’s lights, noise, or social life." (A comment by Eliza DT on Quiet Revolution). The above support by Eliza points to the fact that, good leadership is not tied to whether you are an introvert or extrovert but both should be considered in an organization and be given room and opportunities to develop their potentials. “Cain argues that modern Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people, leading to "a colossal waste of talent, energy, and happiness.” She concludes that “What I would say as a takeaway is to think about the people in your organizations who are really passionate and capable and whether they have so-called “natural” leadership skills. I would think about grooming those people and getting them the training and development they need to assume leadership roles and really unlock their talent. From our experience at QLI — working with Fortune

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