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Leaders are Readers

If you haven’t noticed by now, I love sayings and quotes. Here’s one for today, by President Harry S. Truman: “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” The importance of this quote cannot be understated.

Of course, I am not talking about picking up a Tom Clancy novel. I love a good read that’s entertaining, but a leader should always be reading the books by people they admire or about subjects relevant to the success and know-how of their industry. How does reading benefit leaders, you may ask?

For one, reading provides perspective. No matter how unique your situation as a leader may be, there’s someone out there who has experienced something similar. Reading how a leader made decisions will help inform your own.Readers are Leaders

Reading reinforces fundamentals. Sometimes we take things for granted. The years you worked building the foundation of what supports your decisions today should not be forgotten.

Reading Challenges Ideals. At the same time, believing something is right does not make you infallible. Theories and methodologies are always changing. Stay current and you won’t be left behind!

Finally, reading reduces stress. Taking a break or ending the day with a chapter or two can be a great way to decompress. Allow yourself to get lost in the story or a new way of thinking.

Curious what books I recommend? You’ll find The Art of War, Think and Grow Rich, and How to Win Friends and Influence People within my arm’s reach. How about you? Send me an email and let me know your favorites!

Chris

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