For Those Who Want to Lead, Read - John Coleman
by John Coleman | 10:00 AM August 15, 2012 When David Petraeus visited the Harvard Kennedy School in 2009, one of the meetings he requested was with author Doris Kearns Goodwin. Petraeus, who holds a PhD in International Relations from Princeton, is a fan of Team of Rivals and wanted time to speak to the famed historian about her work. He’s increasingly an outlier. This is terrible for leadership, where my experience suggests those trends are even more pronounced. Note how many business titans are or have been avid readers. The leadership benefits of reading are wide-ranging. Reading can also make you more effective in leading others. Finally, an active literary life can make you more personally effective by keeping you relaxed and improving health. Reading more can lead to a host of benefits for business people of all stripes, and broad, deep reading can make you a better leader. Join a reading group.
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