HER FATHER was an Olympic athlete, and her mother a physical education instructor. And unlike her siblings, Grace Kelly preferred reading to physical activity. Although her father was well-read, her proclivity to read didn’t always sit well with her father. He wanted her to be more athletic.
At school, she was encouraged to read widely. And she did. And we should too.
For me, reading some fiction is like taking a walk. It provides a diversion that gives your mind a chance to think through what you’ve been reading and learning. Especially for leaders, reading outside the normal leadership fare helps to provide you with context for your leadership. Reading fiction, histories, and biographies builds empathy and provide insights into human nature.
Wally Bock recommends that we take this time to read something we’ve always wanted to read, something to read for fun, and something we’ve never read about or that really stretches our brain. He even provides a helpful, downloadable sheet to help organize our list.
With a few extra hours of daylight, the summer is an ideal time to relax and read. Listed below are ten books released this year that will entertain, make you think, and improve your leadership. Pick at least three and take some time to make yourself better this summer.
The Crux: How Leaders Become Strategists
by Richard P. Rumelt
Team Emotional Intelligence 2.0: The Four Essential Skills of High Performing Teams
by Jean Greaves and Evan Watkins
Smart Growth: How to Grow Your People to Grow Your Company
by Whitney Johnson
The President’s Man: The Memoirs of Nixon’s Trusted Aide
by Dwight Chapin
Watergate: A New History
by Garrett M. Graff
12 Notes: On Life and Creativity
by Quincy Jones
Emotion By Design: Creative Leadership Lessons from a Life at Nike
by Greg Hoffman
The Power of One More: The Ultimate Guide to Happiness and Success by Ed Mylett
Don’t Trust Your Gut: Using Data to Get What You Really Want in Life
by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
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