Summary of The Genius of Opposites

How Introverts and Extroverts Achieve Extraordinary Results Together

Berrett-Koehler, more...

Buy the book

The Genius of Opposites book summary
Introverts and extroverts who understand each other and work together can produce great results.


7 Overall

7 Applicability

8 Innovation

7 Style


Best-selling author of The Introverted Leader, Jennifer B. Kahnweiler discusses the differences between introverts and extroverts, and then delves into their potential harmonies. These two types of people function differently and in often predictable ways. If they understand each other and work together, they can produce spectacular results. Successful teams of “opposites” buy into each other’s differences but their partnerships can suffer if either comes to see him- or herself as more important. Kahnweiler’s cogent guide on how opposites can work and thrive together is a gentle, entertaining discussion about broadening your repertoire of professional skills. getAbstract recommends her insights to HR professionals and to anyone who collaborates with or manages other people.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to identify introverts and extroverts;
  • How to understand what makes them different; and
  • How “opposites” can work together as a team by drawing on the natural strengths of their personality types.


Achieving Spectacular Results
When introverts and extroverts work together successfully, they can achieve great outcomes. Examples of stellar introvert-extrovert pairs include John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Sheryl Sandberg and Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Ralph David...
Get the key points from this book in less than 10 minutes. Learn more about our products or log in

About the Author

Faculty member of the American Management Association, Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, PhD, also wrote the bestsellers Quiet Influence and The Introverted Leader.

Comment on this summary

More on this topic

Customers who read this summary also read

More by category