- May 14, 2017, 8:35 pm
Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple), Phil Knight (Founder of Nike) and Bill Gates (Creator of Microsoft) --- a few of the greatest leaders of all time, share a common interest: Reading. Each of these avid readers has not only lead a successful career but also impacted the lives of millions of people around the world. Though there are many factors that contributed to the success of these celebrated individuals, reading has definitely played a key role in their lives as leaders. Below are the 6 reasons why leaders are readers.
1.Reading improves INTELLIGENCE. Studies have shown that reading can improve intelligence and lead to innovation and insight. Acquiring knowledge, developing a large vocabulary, enhancing comprehension and abstract reasoning skills is the perfect formula for a sharp mind. All of these qualities can be attained by reading the right books and feeding your brain with the words of great people throughout history.
2. Reading sparks CREATIVITY. Creativity is acquired by gaining inspiration and combining ideas from the world around us. Since reading is one of the best ways to obtain information and learn from the experiences of different people, flipping through the pages of various books is essential in nurturing the creativity of any reader. Without even stepping out of your own room, one can already get a glimpse into the lives of various people in every corner of the world. The next time you read, remember that you're not just holding a book, but also a torrent of ideas from across diverse cultures.
3. Reading boosts CONFIDENCE and makes you a better communicator. Since reading enables one to have a large vocabulary, you will be more confident in voicing out your ideas and opinions. Making a habit out of reading can increase verbal intelligence, making a leader a more adept and articulate communicator. It can also improve empathy and understanding the way people interact with one another.
4. Reading is a way to gain KNOWLEDGE from the world's greatest leaders. One of the best ways to improve one's leadership skills is to learn from the experiences of other leaders. Instead of attending seminars or setting up a meeting with different leaders, another option is just to read their books. Whether you want to learn from Ghandi or Max Lucado, all you need to do is pick up a book they wrote and fill your head with the words from every page. Just as Rene Descartes has said, The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
5. Reading STIMULATES your brain. Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. Mental fitness is equally important to physical fitness. Leaders, most especially, have to maintain a strong mind in order to carry out daily responsibilities and decision-making tasks. Reading just a few minutes a day flexes those mind muscles and stimulates the brain to think, fantasize and use your imagination.
6. Reading helps improves HEALTH. Finally, an active literary life can make you more personally effective by keeping you relaxed and improving health. Allowing the mind to ease in to the literary world is according to research one of the best ways to relax and reduce stress. A recent study suggests that reading for 6 minutes slows the heart rate and eases tension in muscles. So if you want to take a break and use your head at the same time, forget about watching TV or surfing the internet; try reading a book and you won't regret a single second of it. These qualities that reading can instill is what can make a leader out of any person -- yes, even your child. So if you want your children to become a great leader someday, best encourage them to read as early as possible. You never know, your toddler maybe the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates of the future.