If you're like me then reading probably isn't on your top ten list of things to accomplish today, but it should be. I am amazed at how much can be gained from reading. I'm sure there is something to be gained from reading fiction, but that's not what I'm talking about here. If I heard it one time, I've heard it a million, "Leaders Read." Whether it's the front page of a news site, a blog, or even a book, reading is important for growth. It can also play a role in renewal and reaffirmation. It's a great feeling when you find that a noted author agrees with something you are doing in your life. Right now I'm in a weird spot in my life where reading what I want to read isn't easy. I have books, journals, dissertations and other scholarly work that I have to read through to keep up with my studies. Most of the time this reading is okay, but it's not necessarily what I want to read. I enjoy reading leadership books, books about strategic management and personal finance. I read to be inspired. I read because every time I dig into a book, I learn something new. Leaders read because there is always something new out there. I may not know Tom Peters, Jon Acuff, Ken Blanchard, John Kotter or Dave Ramsey but these guys teach me things.
My first new goal is simple: I plan to read one book a month.