When reading begins at a young age, research shows that those children have confidence and high self-esteem. They easily transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Great leaders read.
On the contrary, an estimated 10 million children in America struggle with reading and approx. 15% of them drop out of high school. Reading is invaluable, especially for leaders.
Did you know that Winston Churchill won a Nobel Prize for literature? Steven Jobs had an inexhaustible interest in the poet William Blake. Phil Knight (Nike founder) and David Rubenstein (Carlyle Group founder) are very avid readers. David Rubenstein reads dozens of books weekly! Abraham Lincoln educated himself by reading. Great leaders read.
“A readership crisis is really a leadership crisis.” ~Michael Hyatt
You don’t need to set aside a huge amount of time to read. A mere 10-20 minutes daily can be sufficient to read a book chapter or a magazine article. Don’t you find that you are more engaged in life and in work when you read regularly? Reading gives you information to share with others and opens new opportunities for interaction.
The leadership benefits of reading are many. Here are excellent reasons to get your nose back into a book.
Great leaders read.
Be more creative. Broad reading – reading books in various genres, helps you gain new insights and ideas. Leaders who gain this knowledge from other fields and apply them to their organizations will innovate and prosper. This broad reading also gives you opportunities to interact with others on a multitude of topics.
Upgrade your analytical tools. Reading helps us see patterns and make connections between seemingly random information. It boosts our problem-solving skills, which is essential for leaders given the short amount of time they have to decipher information and make decisions.
Increase your verbal intelligence. You’ll become a more adept and articulate communicator. This will help you be more persuasive in your ability to describe benefits and logic of your ideas. Don’t we all need to be articulate and persuasive? The art of communication is critical to your career.
Important concepts stay top-of-mind. When you read content that has valuable insights for you, it puts these concepts on your mental forefront. It’s important to re-read the same content as a reminder to keep this information on the top of your mind. These concepts can give you more credibility as you win others over to your ideas.
Reduce your stress. Reading is the best way to relax for stressed executives. Reading only 6 minutes daily can by reducing your stress level by up to 68% — a greater reduction than by exercising! You’ll be more effective at work and at home. Plus, it can also fend off Alzheimer’s disease. I’m in! Are you?
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