It often seems like the gregarious, outgoing people are the ones who become leaders in the office or advance up the chain.
More and more, though, we’re hearing about the leadership potential of introverts.
Author Susan Cain said at a TED Talks event in Long Beach, Calif., she has been told many times in her life to be more outgoing, and she spent years going along with that idea.
“I always sensed deep down that this was wrong and that introverts were pretty excellent just as they were,” Cain said. “But for years I denied this intuition. And so, I became a Wall Street lawyer, of all things, instead of the writer that I had always longed to be, partly because I needed to prove to myself that I could be bold and assertive too.”