In her book, Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can´t stop talking, Susan Cain, a self-proclaimed introvert, suggests that when it comes to creativity and leadership, we need introverts to do what they do. To read more about the book, check out Kim Hartman’s book summary.
As I thought more about this notion of introvert, I made a variety of connections to two of my previous posts. The one on creativity and the one on procrastination. Do you notice any similarities? Take a look at the BalancEdTech website for some powerful questions with implications for classrooms and the students we serve. There are also key points, “notes”, listed from Quiet and links to a host of related topics with which you can connect.
In the 20-minute TED Talk below, Cain shares the key components of an introvert. It’s not about being shy! In fact, at her Quiet Revolution website, you can see where you fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum. Cain outlines characteristics, research, as well as stereotypes about introverts. Where do you fall on the spectrum? What do you believe about introverts and extroverts? Take the “test” and view the video below! The bottom line? INDIVIDUALLY, we have to balance ourselves along this spectrum and, COLLECTIVELY, we must allow people to be who they are!