Reading is a Must for a Growing Leader

| February 17, 2015 | 0 Comments


Think you don’t have time to read? I don’t believe you. In 2003, General James Mattis wrote the following about other generals who say, “I’m to busy to read”:

The problem with being too busy to read is that you learn by experience (or by your men’s experience), i.e. the hard way. By reading, you learn through others’ experiences, generally a better way to do business, especially in our line of work where the consequences of incompetence are so final for young men.*

Thanks to my reading, I have never been caught flat-footed by any situation — never been at a loss for how any problem has been addressed (successfully or unsuccessfully) before.

If General “Mad Dog” Mattis can read while commanding forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, you can carve out 15 minutes from your day to read one chapter. Commit yourself to being a lifelong learner. Write and read blogs and offer to teach a class at trade shows and local association meetings.

If you aren’t sure where to start, here is a recommended reading list for 2014.

25 Ways to Win With People: How to Make Others Feel Like a Million Bucks, By John C. Maxwell

Today Matters: 12 Daily Practices to Guarantee Tomorrow’s Success, By John C. Maxwell

48 Days to the Work You Love, By Dan Miller

Goals!: How to Get Everything You Want- Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible, By Brian Tracy

How to Win Friends and Influence People, By Dale Carnegie

Rich Dad Poor Dad, By Robert Kiyosaki

So You Want to Start a Business: 8 Steps Before Making the Leap, By Edward D. Hess and Charles F. Goetz

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, By Stephen R. Covey

The Speed of Trust, By Stephen R. M. Covey

Think and Grow Rich, By Napoleon Hill

10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management, By Hyrum W. Smith

Duct Tape Marketing Revised & Updated: The World’s Most Practical Small Business Marketing Guide, By John Jantsch


*Mattis, James. “from General James Mattis, on the matter of professional reading, 20 November 2003.” Email. Quoted in Strife. With Rifle and Bibliography: General Mattis on Professional Reading


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