According to Andy Johnson Western culture, especially the American (if there’s a single one) is in favor of extroverts. Leaders need to be outspoken, standing firm, agile, charismatic, and decisive, a hero. Introverts are treated as second class citizens. In Introvert Revolution: Leading Authentically in a World That Says You Can’t the author pleads for the 50% of the population who identifies as introverts. He uses the yin / yang symbol to model both personalities, gender issues, western-eastern dichotomies, leadership traits, nature / nurture debates, and the necessary holistic approach to differently shaped humans living and collaborating in the same place. Another important model throughout the book is the DISC assessment. While many of the world leaders and influential people, from Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg to Mother Theresa and Albert Einstein can be identified as introvert, we’re inclined to value extroverts more. Groups famously follow the opinions of the most dominant or charismatic person in the room, even though there’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas. The book’s providing room for the large minority, to embark on a personal growth path, and experience the fruits of self-acceptance. Johnson frequently referes to Brené Brown‘s take on vulnerability, Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking), Malcolm Gladwell, and Mike Robbins (Be Yourself, Everybody Else Is Taken: Transform Your Life with the Power of Authenticity)
Johnson teaches to be authentic, and live in harmony with the extroverted leaders around you. Nothing disqualifies an introvert from becoming or being a leader. Both bring insight and differing perspectives to the conversation and decision making. Their brains are wired differently, which has many benefits. optimally, a societal balance between these two complementary halves can be found, affirmed and embraced. This book is about a personal revolution, an internal change of mind. Both the way you view yourself as well as others get inspiration for renewal. You can revolt against the current culture and its impact on you personally and become the leader, in the fullest sense, you were destined to be. The book has several appendices on measuring introversion and extroversion, extroverts who get it, and whole person coaching, Johnson’s service besides writing books.
About the author
Andy Johnson is uniquely qualified not only to write this book but to help introverted leaders on this sometimes arduous journey to self acceptance. Andy is an introvert, a leader, an executive coach and a licensed counselor who blends all four of these dimensions in his writing and individual work with his clients. He’s been married to his more extroverted wife for over twenty-seven years. He contributes regularly to his blog, Revolutionary Thoughts, on introvertrevolution.com and conducts two-day intensives for introverted leaders called Yin Leader Workshop. More information online at introvertrevolution.com.
I got a free review copy from the author through Aloha Publishing, without any constraints or obligations other than to express my own thoughts upon reading.