Leaders are readers
Not everyone is a reader. I discovered this over the past few years. Actually, I have been shocked to discover the people who do not read and wondered how someone in their position could afford NOT to read.
If you are going to be successful, you must be a lifelong learner. Above all, read. As John C. Maxwell says, “Leaders are readers, and readers are leaders.” I have seen this play out again and again. Read books. Subscribe to key blogs. Listen to podcasts.
Just last night, someone suggested that when I am recommending a book to someone, I am trying to “fix” them. Painful to hear those words for someone like me who always has a book to suggest. I need to do a better job of listening without giving advice or trying to fix. Back to our coaching training in which we ask non-directive, non-manipulative, non-leading, open ended questions to people so that they can move along the path of self-discovery at their own pace and in step with God’s Spirit.
If I accept the premise that not everyone is a reader, how can a non-reader continue to be a life-long learner?
Here is another related post by Hyatt, “In the Defense of Books.”