Thursday, August 14, 2014

Leadership Summit: Session 3a - Susan Cain

Quiet: Challenging the Extrovert Ideal - Her book
  • 1/2 to 1/3 of the population are introverted.
  • The goal is to harness the power of introverts or extroverts.
  • How do you feel after two hours at a fun party?
  • Introverts and extroverts have different physiological wiring.
  • There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all environment.
  • The most creative are a mix of introvert and extrovert.
  • The power of conformity is high. 
  • How to harness the power of introverts:
    • Cut down the amount of group working.
    • Forget networking.  Focus on service.
    • Restore quiet to your culture.
  • Level 5 leaders (High level) as introverts.
    • President of Campbell s wrote 30,000 letters to people during his tenure.
    • Army leader who sequesters himself for big decisions, which is not the norm of military culture.
  • Next steps.
    • Groom an unlikely leader.
    • Find your complement. 
    • Find a role model. (one who you aspire to be like in the way you are wired).
Personal Note:  This was some of the most fascinating content I've heard at Leadership Summit in a looong time.  Personally, I find myself to be an inxtrovert (like I feel like both).  I am very interested in this book. Just went high on my "reading list."

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