Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, a Certified Speaking Professional who helps organizations harness the power of introverts, has authored a new book on the topic. Her previous bestsellers include: The Introverted Leader, Quiet Influence, and The Genius of Opposites.  

In Creating Introvert-Friendly Workplaces, Kahnweiler offers a road map for everyone in the workplace – including leaders, human resource managers and team members – to create inclusive, introvert-friendly cultures. She describes how most workplaces favor extroverts and tend to reward the “loudest voices in the room.” But as more and more organizations are expanding their definition of diversity and beginning to consider the work styles of introverts, Kahnweiler shares strategies that will help them to achieve their potential within the work environment. From dedicated advocacy at the leadership level, to awareness of preferred communication styles, to redesigning open workspaces and allowing working from home options, she offers effective tools to build a culture that addresses all employees’ needs.  


As one might expect, Creating Introvert-Friendly Workplaces gives a great amount of attention to identifying and defining personality styles of both introverts and extroverts. After defining the differences in personalities, Kahnweiler’s assessment of most workplaces and their extrovert-centric cultures frames her argument that introverts’ contributions are squandered. Adjustments must be made to allow for those variables in personality, such as accounting for more reserved applicants in corporate hiring practices.  

In previous books, Kahnweiler made a case for introverts owning their quiet strengths and using them to bring awareness to the more reflective half of the population. In this book, however, she addresses how businesses can best utilize the strengths of introverts by creating a more inclusive work environment.  

A quiz provided in the book allows organizations to determine their introvert-friendly status. Case studies, bulleted summaries for each chapter and step-by-step instructions in the book combine to build a guide for companies to leverage the talents of introverts and to promote inclusion in the workplace.  


As a business owner I recommend this book to not only management teams and CEOs, but also to staff and employees. It’s a great guide to laying a solid foundation for addressing the needs of all workers in an organization.  

Written by John Davis, posted by Garth Thomas