Everyone leader should have a Personal Development Plan and one of the areas you should focus on is reading books. This is because traditional, audio, and digital books have power. When it comes to finding the right book to read, consider these points:
- Find books that will sharpen your skills and talents.
- Find books that are in your niche industry.
- Find books aligned with your purpose and that grow you toward your potential.
This means you should be strategic in the books you read. In Loren Pinilis’ article Developing a Reading Strategy he wisely says, “Spend some time evaluating a book before purchasing or reading. A little time invested up front can yield great dividends if you avoid reading less valuable books.” Most people do not put effort into picking up books with the intent to grow after they have completed formal schooling.
This does not mean you should never read a fiction book again. However, if you really enjoy fiction books I recommend a balance between fiction and personal growth books. My friend Joe Lalonde wrote a post titled, Why I’ve Started To Read Fiction Again In the post he gave some insightful benefits to reading fiction books.
If you are intentional about reading personal growth books they have the power to:
Bring positive change- I have consistently read leadership, business, and Christian faith books for the past 9 years. During that time I have seen the many positive changes that resulted from reading on those topics. When a person reads growth books they will begin to see the positive changes in their life and the areas they lead.
Nourish you- Nourishment is defined as “the substances necessary for growth, health and good condition.” Reading books energize, motivates, and creates well-being in your life. They can nourish your soul and life. This is because most growth books have powerful stories and illustrations that will touch your heart and emotions.
Increase your influence- Leaders who read and develop themselves will always increase their influence. This is because if your leadership cap is growing it provides room for more influence. The results are your leadership effectiveness will increase and you will have a positive impact on the people around you. Be deliberate in reading and sharing growth books with the people you lead.
Questions: What are some other benefits to reading growth books? What’s the last book you have read that really impacted your leadership or life?