Leaders are Readers. Simple.
If you expect to grow in any area of your life, you must read. You don’t have to be a great or fast reader, you just have to be one. So I just wanted to share with you some of the notable books that I’ve read this past month.
“Drive” by Daniel H. Pink – All about motivation and exposes the truth behind why we do what we do. He contrasts the difference between Extrinsic Motivation (Any external reward for some activity or task) and Intrinsic Motivation (the reward being the performance of the task itself) and explains how the latter will produce more results (in the long run) and let you enjoy what you do. Pink calls this your “Third Drive”. This book not only helped me shape how I lead but also how I shape my own life. It was a good step in the right direction.
“Getting Beyond “How Are You?”” by David Mains and Melissa Mains Timberlake – This book is all about the art of asking a good question. Just as the title implies, often our conversations barely get past, “How are you?” Then we will just go into talking about the weather and news. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of talking about the weather. So, this Father-Daughter duo put this book together to help deepen your questions as well as strike up interesting conversations. You’d be surprised at how much more interesting you might become. Also, other people might become more interesting to you. In my job, I have to be great at asking the right questions. Why? Because usually, the person I meet with is tired of talking about the weather as well. So imagine, two people who want to have a substantial conversation, but never will because they can’t get past “how are you?”
Here are some others I’ve read, might not be too helpful to you, but thought I just share anyways:
- “Redeeming Love” by Francine Rivers – Romantic Novels are not usually my thing but this book was phenomenal. Must read for all men.
- “Communicating for a Change” by Andy Stanley – Must read for all preachers/speakers
- “How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci” by Michael Gelb – Ehhh somewhat interested. I was kind of let down.
- “The 4-Hour Chef” by Tim Ferriss – Random Read/Cookbook. Want to learn how to make a killer steak. Read this.