"I had this idea that a corporate lawyer had to be bold and alpha and comfortable in the spotlight. And I quickly found out that was not true. Yes, that’s one way of being powerful, but there was a completely different constellation of traits that would also make you very powerful. Traits like listening carefully and asking questions and building alliances one on one behind the scenes with people."
Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won’t Stop Talking, on the Diane Rehm show on NPR, talking about being an introvert and working in law.
"Bill Gates is quiet and bookish, but apparently unfazed by others’ opinions of him: he’s an introvert, but not shy. Barbra Streisand has an outgoing, larger than life personality, but a paralyzing case of stage fright: she’s a shy extrovert."
Lavin speaker Susan Cain, from her blog post, “Are You Shy, Introverted, Both, or Neither (and Why Does it Matter)?” Cain’s new book, due in January 2012, is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won’t Stop Talking.
"We live in a society that regards passivity as a moral failing. But if sitting still opens minds and promotes bipartisanship, then we could all use a little less action and a little more contemplation."
-Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts, from her blog post on how a little introversion may help break down the entrenched red-blue, right-left mindset plaguing American politics.