Good Leaders Read…A Lot

Educators know that reading is power.  I’ve been reading What Connected Leaders Do Differently by Todd Whitaker, Jeff Zoul, and Jimmy Casas. It’s a solid read with an american focus, and I’ve found some great nuggets.

Here’s one: great leaders read all the time.

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Great leaders also always seek to improve. They want to learn and to get better. They’re never satisfied with good enough. Reading is part of that continuous improvement. How else can you explore new ideas and create new schema?

I read a lot, mostly at night or on the weekends. I have a paper book on the nightstand (no screens before bed!) and spending 15 – 20 minutes winding down helps me on two fronts: I can take my mind away from the whirlwind of the day and read something of interest.

What do you do to amp up your reading?

Open a Book

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.

–Vera Nazarian

I love to read. I’ve been reading a lot since I was little. I was that kid who would lock myself in the bathroom so I could read longer when my mom wanted me to go outside and play.  My preferred reading material is fiction of just about any kind. The magic of a good story with rich characters draws me in every time, and there are so many good books out there! I’m also nerdy enough to set myself reading goals every year. This year, I want to read 51 books. I’m only at 12, so I’ll need some discipline to get there!

Right now, I’ve got Donna Tartt‘s The Goldfinch started and the next installment of the Flavia de Luce mysteries by Alan Bradley waiting. Both have compelling characters with mysterious pasts. You can see my Shelfari reading shelf here to what kind of books I’ve read lately.

My professional reading list is part of this blog. Every so often I update it. It represents books that are influential on my thinking and books that I’m in the midst of reading. There are many wonderful leadership and education books and I would love suggestions.

I’m always up for more light in my life, so I read.