Ever wonder why you become exhausted at large parties, while some of your friends seem energized by them? Do you sometimes hesitate to raise your hand in class, while others seem eager to speak? If these scenarios sound familiar, you may be on the introverted side of the introversion-extroversion spectrum.
Introversion can carry a bit of a stigma. Introverts are sometimes called “anti-social” or told to “come out of their shell.” But recent data suggests there may be a biological basis behind this behavior, and there are accompanying positive aspects to the way introverts think and behave.
Dr. Heidi Kasevich, an educational consultant, speaker, and curriculum designer specializing in the field of Quiet education, is passionate about educating the next generation of students to know and use their strengths. She is part of the team at Quiet Revolution, an organization devoted to helping introverts unlock their potential “for the benefit of us all.” Her work helps others understand how to use both self-awareness and data from behavioral research to optimize our ability to lead.
Says Dr. Kasevich: “Nurturing quiet leaders, and in so doing, disrupting the extrovert ideal, is not intended to replace one leadership ideal with another. The ultimate goal is to respect diversity in leadership styles and inspire all of our students to embrace the trio of presence, passion, and compassion.”