Author and self-described introvert Susan Cain writes that introverted leaders often deliver better outcomes than extroverted leaders.
Give an introvert a chance
Research from Adam Grant at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania shows that introverts are more likely to let their employees run with ideas. Cain writes about the power of introverts in her 2012 book, Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.
Work as art
Author and marketing guru Seth Godin challenges old-school business values of playing it safe, obeying rules, and staying in your comfort zone in his new book, The Icarus Deception. He deconstructs the myth of Icarus, that flying too close to the sun and pushing your limits is dangerous, even deadly. Godin challenges readers and leaders to view work as art.
In thinking about art, “good enough” is never acceptable for Godin, who argues that leaders who treat their work as art and strive to create something remarkable will fly higher than Icarus’ father would have ever imagined.