The quiet ones: Valuing introverts in your business

Office work favours extroverts and team workers, but don’t dismiss people who are wired to think and work differently

What do former US president Barack Obama, former first lady and activist Eleanor Roosevelt, novelists JK Rowling and JM Barrie, film director Steven Spielberg, and physicists Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein have in common? They are (or were) introverts.

Without introverts the world would be without Harry Potter, Peter Pan, Schindler’s list, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the theories of gravity and relativity. These achievements were made, not despite their creators’ ...