Every business leader should read Quiet by Susan Cain.
In the book, she makes the case for quiet people. She wants society to embrace quietness, which she identifies as introversion.
While introverts are often told to “come out of their shell” or “speak up,” using quiet power is a more effective way for them to make an impact and contribute to society. Cain argues that quietness should be seen as an advantage rather than a weakness.
By embracing quiet power and making decisions based on personal reflection and thoughtfulness, we can all learn from the quiet people around us and find our own strengths in quietness.
Why does the case for introverts need to be made?
First, quiet people are often stigmatized for their quiet nature.
People must realize that it’s just a personality trait, not an indicator of happiness or success.
Cain states that quiet children are put down by teachers who believe they lack leadership skills because quietness is seen as weakness rather than strength.
Second, quiet people tend to be more observant and reflective than their extroverted counterparts. This makes them better decision makers since they can engage in “deliberate practice” to improve themselves.
Third, quiet leaders tend to make the best decisions because they carefully consider all possible outcomes and implications before acting upon a situation. Their nature allows them to make more objective decisions and be able to explain those decisions to an audience.
For leaders and CEOs, understanding the value of quiet people is an essential step in helping their teams reach their full potential.
Why quietness is a skill
Quiet people have the potential to do great things if they harness their quiet strengths instead of focusing on their weak points according to society’s standards.
Cain states, “As I see it, we cannot afford to waste so much raw brainpower”.
She believes that quiet people have the potential to do amazing things if they would just use their quiet nature as an advantage instead of a disadvantage.
What do psychologists say?
Nathaniel Branden, psychologist and psychotherapist, has said,
“The introvert moves away from the object in order to reflect; the extravert moves toward the object in order to act”.
This means that quiet people are constantly bombarded with various stimuli which is why quiet people need time alone to process all of this information before they can be completely functional human beings.
Quiet people often have gifts that are not seen or understood by society’s standards such as having good memories or being good listeners. So, instead of focusing on quiet people’s downfalls, let us stop and consider quiet people’s strengths.
Quiet: A conclusion
As the author has said, quiet people have been given a bad name in society which is an outdated way of thinking, because it should not be equated with shyness or social anxiety anymore.
The best thing that quiet people can do is not change but instead see their quiet personality as a gift they were born with and be proud of it!
If they need any help with that – ‘Quiet’ is the perfect rallying cry for introverts everywhere.