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Leadership is pivotal in our personal lives and in business. Leadership is what takes you from early stages of development to full-fledged success. Today we are emphasizing the skills of leadership in schools and on teams, not because everyone will become a chief executive, but because leadership skills allow each and every person to pursue success in their life.
How can you better develop your leadership skills? With a book. Or better yet – several books. Reading can actually change your life. President Harry S. Truman said that “not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” Every successful leader in history has a track record of reading regularly, and the correlation is profound.
Reading has nearly unlimited benefits, especially when you unlock the secrets of your own reading preferences. Only you can determine how much reading is right for you, which books to read, and how to consume them. But one thing is for certain: reading makes you a better leader. Here’s how:
Reading Connects You to Mentors
Did you know that reading the work of talented individuals is a great substitute for a mentor relationship? It’s always a good idea to have a real flesh-and-blood mentor with whom you can tackle problems, but a genius businessman in your field is accessible to you in the form of their written work. Learn from them, absorb through reading, and become better.
Reading Allows You to Learn From The Experience of Others
Life is slow. We only get one body, one setting, one family, one experience at a time. But through reading, we can broaden our experience to better understand multiple perspectives. This makes for leaders who can relate to their employees and think through the potential needs of their ideal demographic.
Reading for Recreation
One of the best features of reading is that it can be an escape, a renewal. When things at the office are looming and you’re in a funk, reading can transport you elsewhere even for just a few minutes. Many top leaders report reading fiction or comic books to “turn off” off their brain for a little while. It works!
Reading to Learn
And of course, we learn. Read books that teach you new and exciting things. Become a smarter, more informed individual and it will impact your leadership skills along with your general intelligence. Smart people read, and readers are leaders.
It shouldn’t take much more convincing than that! Where’s your library card? Find a book, ebook, or audiobook today and become a better reader – and leader.