Using reports from the Anita Borg Institute (ABI) and other organizations, Quiet Revolution investigated the correlation between gender and temperament. Men who take charge are viewed as outgoing and confident, whereas women who take charge are viewed as bossy and aggressive. Many women adjust their behaviors to act in a more quiet manner; however, research shows women who refrain from speaking up and taking charge contribute to the stereotype that women are weak and unfit leaders. The bias against introverts is therefore just as strong as that against extroverts.
Susan Cain, co-founder of Quiet Revolution, has repeatedly discussed the need to support introverts in the workplace. While speaking at GHC 16, Susan suggested that companies rely too much on meetings, making introverts feel uncomfortable. “It’s time to rescue solitude from the myth that everything must done in a group,” she said.