Reading is my favorite professional development activity. In full-on geek mode, I freely admit that I get excited over the purchase of a new book. With much anticipation, I track its arrival (thanks Amazon). And unlike some of my buying decisions, I’m rarely disappointed with a book. Even sub-optimal material is still better than none.
Best of all, books are the great equalizer, provide economical education, build your confidence and allow you to experience the world through the eyes of others. Books are a big part of my success story and the success story of many others. Mark Cuban, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Chevy Chase, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffet, Sheryl Sandberg are all avid readers and credit there success (at least in part) to this habit.
The Power of Book Bonding
Not in the C suite, but want to connect with your organization’s leaders? Find out what the leaders of your organization are reading—and don’t be afraid to ask.
This will give you great insights, and fantastic talking points if the opportunity arises. Using language or phrasing that is similar to their latest read may make your presentation more relatable. Consider doing book groups around their selections and make your entire team better. As a manager, you get both the advantage of improved employee engagement, and you get the outstanding reputation of developing others!
Additional Reading: https://www.themuse.com/advice/12-books-you-should-read-to-impress-your-boss-and-improve-yourself-in-the-process
Subject Matter Expert
Learn more about a subject without taking a class by reading one hour a day. Over a period of 7 years, you will become an
expert on the topic. If you are not quite that committed read at least one book per month and you will still far exceed the average person who reads roughly four books per year. This can be a game- changer when you are trying to get that next promotion.
Additional Reading: http://bitesizebio.com/500/how-to-become-a-world-expert-in-your-field/
Build Your Self Esteem
Reading empowers you. You KNOW stuff. It boosts your confidence and wisdom. Your communication skills improve through reading. The knowledge you gain through reading
helps you manage life’s complications more easily. You get the benefit of others experiences without having to go through their pain. It is amazing the swagger a good book can provide.
Additional Reading: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/quiet-the-power-introverts/201107/why-reading-makes-you-self-confident
Take the time, commit to a reading program and enjoy the experience. I promise, you won’t regret it!
Oh! and for reading through to the end--if you didn't already know, Lesesucht means "an addiction to reading."
Helpful Tips: https://byrslf.co/9-secrets-to-read-more-books-and-get-more-out-of-them-551b4e5eed55