Leaders Are Readers

Leadership is about reading. I have come to understand the truth behind the statement that leaders are readers.

When I was 19 reading was for academics and old people. Twenty five years on and I have disciplined myself to be an avid reader, maybe 25-30 books a year, on all manner of subjects, with the bulk being about leadership, people, Christianity and communication. I want to be better at these and reading is a great way to discover how to become better. I also read my Bible through every year as well.

It all started in 1996. Four books changed the way I thought about what it meant to be a leader and how to handle people and I have not stopped learning since…

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell 
Developing the Leader Within You by John Maxwell
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels

Books open up the mind to new ways of thinking. Sometimes it’s the whole thing that challenges me, other times it’s just been a chapter, an idea or maybe just a sentence. It doesn’t matter. What is important, is that I am always on the lookout for ways to increase my understanding of what it means to be a leader, and that’s about more than the practicals. It’s about continuing to learn about the type of person I need to become to be a great a leader.

For these reasons I will not stop reading.

When I look at my bookshelf here are some of my favourite reads…..if you want a copy check out my list here

Spiritual Leadership by J Oswald Sanders
Walking with God Through Pain & Suffering by Timothy Keller
Quiet by Susan Cain
The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson
Great by Choice by Jim Collins
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas À Kempis
Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman
Making Idea Happen by Scott Belsky
Mere Christianity by C S Lewis
Cracking Your Church’s Culture Code by Samuel Chand
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Six Thinking Hats by Edward De Bono
Linchpin by Seth Godin
Axiom by Bill Hybels

What’s your favourite leadership book and what did you learn from it?

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