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If You Want to Be A Leader, Be a Reader.
I cannot promote this one enough and unfortunately it is a task that few people actually make common in their lives.
A sad fact that reoccurs in North American surveys is that nearly 60% of all adults never read another book after high school and more than 80% did not read a single book in the past year.
I was one of those statistics until about 3-4 years ago when I found and tackled reading a couple of leadership books. I had never realized how much there was to learn in books as I had always read the wrong books. They just didn’t interest me and I was typically bored before I could finish a few pages.
With finding books that actually helped to train and development my skills, I was able to experience a new love for books and I’ve ramped up my reading to where I’ve read over 30 books this year alone! I now consider books to be one of the best resources for new knowledge that exists. And yes, I still rank them far higher than the internet, so if you read my blog but you don’t read books, then please find a book of interest from my many book reviews and don’t come back until you finish it!
Reading is a fantastic way to develop new skills and master the ones you already have. It gives you access to learn from experts in any subject and it is a cheap and quick way to experience and take in a lot of knowledge that would be very time consuming and costly to learn the hard way by trial and error.
Of course reading expert books can’t replace personal experience, especially with something as personal as leadership, but it can easily give you ideas, a foundation of knowledge and a massive jump start into an area that is so huge, a lifetime can easily be spent developing it. That area is of course leadership.
(Excerpt taken from the free e-book, "Leadership" available at http://LearnThis.ca
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