Good leaders don’t just keep up with best practices in their areas of expertise, but they keep up with best practices in leadership. Either way, it means that they are reading up on what other professionals are saying, what researchers are finding, and what the media is reporting.
If you’re reading this post, you’ve made progress of your own. You’re reading this because my post or the subject of my blog interested you because you have some commitment to being a good leader. Maybe you manage people, maybe you started your own business or maybe you are that team member who acts as an informal leader, even to those you work for.
Whether it’s a book, a magazine, the newspaper or your favorite blog, reading enhances the way we think. It allows us to think differently because we are reading about other people’s perspectives or about new ideas.
Reading also makes us more knowledgeable so we can engage in meaningful conversations, better network with other professionals and bring fresh ideas to our work. It’s amazing how reading can open up our minds without us even realizing it.
I recently started “Decisive” by Dan and Chip Heath. I’m excited to share my thoughts when I’m done. Please take some time to share your thoughts about your good reads.
If you haven’t started reading, get to it. Good leaders read. If you’re wondering if there’s something special great leaders do, the answer is yes.