I recently watched this TED Talk on the power of introverts, and, being an introvert myself, was inspired by Susan Cain's insights. So many of her points were spot on, and I wanted to share her wisdom with the GovLoop community.
Cain begins her TED Talk by telling the audience a story about her childhood summer camp experience. An avid reader, she brings a pile of books with her to camp, only to discover that reading is not exactly encouraged in such a setting. She goes on to describe how the world has become increasingly extrovert-oriented - desks in classrooms are arranged for maximum group work opportunities, and offices are more open and social. While such changes are not necessarily bad, they can make it harder for introverts to do their best work. Solitude is often crucial to creativity - I know that I do much of my best work when I'm working alone in a quiet space.
Susan notes that introverts are more likely to be passed over for leadership positions, despite the fact that they're often better leaders because they're less likely to take outsize risk and more likely to encourage others' ideas.
Lots of big problems to solve, and we need everybody - introverts included - on board.
I encourage folks to check out the entire TED Talk, for more info and insights on the power of introverts.