Leaders Are Readers – Really!
One of the oldest sayings or cliches is Leaders are Readers. And, you know, it is true. Let me explain the reasoning behind this statement.
First, the act of reading is one of the most positive methods of activating the brain. Brain stimulation is a key factor in creativity and decision making. Without stimulation the brain can become sluggish and slow to comprehend ideas, thoughts and facts. The act of reading allows your brain to open up to new ideas and visualize the future.
Second, reading is a form of research on specific topics. Is there a subject that you need to understand better – six sigma, rapport building, team building, strategy, lead generation? There are collections of books written by experts on these and other subjects that will provide you with answers and insights into another topic that you need to know. Today, there are more books available on every topic or subject than ever before.
Third, your natural advantage is applied research. When you read, you will need to read about five books on any subject. This allows you to learn the process behind the information. By the learning the process, you learn exactly how things work or are capable of working. Too often I find an individual who has read ONE BOOK on a topic, is blown away by the information and becomes a follower of the author’s version of the topic. This action creates a follower rather than a leader. A true leader will read multiple sources on the topics and combine the information for total understanding of the topic or subject.
Fourth, your decision making abilities improve significantly when you read. The reason is two-fold. First, you have a better understanding of the subject and stay focused on the important parts for the decision. Second, due to your expanded knowledge – you have more alternatives in your decision making process. The more alternatives you have, the more control you have regarding your choices. You have the flexibility to select a choice that matches the real situation – thus, better choices.
Some people have told me that they don’t read because they are slow readers and it takes too long to read a book. This was a problem for me at one time. However, I learned that the act of reading made reading easier. Also, I discovered Evelyn Wood’s Dynamic Reading course – which I highly recommend to you. It tripled my reading speed and increased my retention significantly. You can find these on Ebay or Amazon in both new and used versions. Get and it learn to read faster – it works.
If you are looking for a source of what business books to read, then use the Business Book Review site that is listed in our IACG sites links on the right. I provide an brief explanation of what is important about the business book listed on the site. Enjoy and tell others to check it out.
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Voss Graham is an Organizational Architect with 30+ years of experience designing sustainable business growth for organizations of all sizes.
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