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Sixth & I

Susan Cain

Feb 6, 2013 • 7:00 pm ET
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After spending over 41 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and sparking a national conversation about introversion, QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, will soon be published in paperback.

A self-proclaimed introvert herself, Susan Cain argues that our culture holds a bias toward the Extrovert Ideal (the alpha personality—gregarious and highly verbal) while undervaluing the strengths of introverts (reflectiveness, persistence, and sensitivity), and how much we lose in doing so.

Many of the greatest achievers of the 20th century were introverts: Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Warren Buffett, and Mahatma Gandhi, to name a few. Without introverts, the world would have missed out on the Apple computer, the Theory of Relativity, and The Cat in the Hat.

Cain shows us how to change the way we work, lead, and teach in order to tap the abundant strengths of the quieter half of the population.