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If you’re introverted, you’ve probably spent a lot of your time retreating into the world of books. But this same escape can provide you with tools to be more confident in your accounting career. Books that help introverts thrive in business communities will give you an additional push to get you past hurdles in your way. Here are 5 books we recommend to help you and your introverted nature succeed.

  1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Our world praises extrovert behavior, but you may be surprised to learn many innovative advancements in our culture and technology were started by introverts. This book gives introverts and extroverts a way to better understand one another. She looks at introversion in terms of science but presents it in a readable way.
  2.  The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine N. Aron. This book was written for the highly sensitive among us. If you are easily startled, overwhelmed by noises and actions around you, or affected by the emotions of others, you may be a highly sensitive person. This book gives you the tools to embrace your nature because there is absolutely nothing wrong with you.
  3. Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation—and Positive Strategies for Change by Linda Babcock and Sara Laschever. Many women in accounting, and even other industries, may nod their head at the premise of this book. Why don’t women negotiate more in the business world? However, this hesitance to speak up is one of the many factors driving the current economic divide between men and women in business. This book creates a model for a business word with the positive effects of proper negotiation.
  4. The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney. Introverts are as natural as extroverts, but our world seems to only acknowledge and reward one personality type. In this book, the author puts forth some of the advantages introverts have in life, which can easily be applied to an accounting career. It dispels some of the most dangerous myths and provides a roadmap for success.
  5. The Secret Lives of Introverts by Jenn Granneman. Another book that can help introverts better understand themselves, this book also gives insight to extroverts who want to better understand the introverts in their lives. She peels back the layers that make up introverts and their behaviors and discusses some of the advantages to be a quiet one.

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