Here are some of the characteristics and strengths of introverts, described by *Susan in her book (with supportive evidence and research).
If you read them carefully you will realise what Susan means when she says, “The Power of Introverts in a world that can’t stop talking.” :-
Recharge their batteries by being alone (more likely to meditate and do self-reflection)
Drawn to the inner world of thought and feeling.
Listen more than they talk, think before they speak and often feel that they express themselves better in writing than speaking.
Likely to be creative, patient and persevering
High reactive, prone to worry and live in their heads
Excellent artists, writers, scientists and thinkers (I would add Consultants and coaches).
Good at observing self and others.
Good at focused complex problem solving
Philosophical or spiritual in their orientation
Do not like small talk
More likely to feel guilty because of sensitivity
Passion for thought and attention to subtlety
Good at predicting trends and future
Have more determination and give attention to detail
More likely to be driven by inner reward (passion and satisfaction) than outer rewards.
More likely to focus on their own instincts and have less of herd mentality.
Likely to focus more on substance than style.
Don’t like to attend to many people at once (e.g. partying)
Like serious discussions and not very fond of casual talk.
Tend to have one or two deep interests and passions.
Have good concentration and insight
Good at strategizing and spotting problems and,
In my opinion, good at collaborating and creating win-win situations.
Susan Cain “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”