As a life-long type A extrovert, I haven’t always taken the time to appreciate the role that introverts play in my work life. It took some time to truly value the input of "the quiet one" in the room.
Have you ever come to realize that there’s always (at least) one person in the room for whom you needed to be quiet when she spoke? I mean the kind of quiet where you really listen. Not the kind of listening where you are thinking of the next thing to say, but the kind where you know that the thing will have value. And that it might be the only thing she says that day. And that it will be one of those great ideas that need to be heard and considered.
This TED talk reminded me of the importance of these folks and gave me a little insight on how to be quiet when it counts.
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.