Affirmation: “Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” -Margaret Fuller
My mom is an avid reader and has always encouraged me to read. Books have been my constant companion thanks to my mom. At any point in time, I am usually reading a fiction novel, a business book and three-four magazines simultaneously.
I enjoy giving books and receiving books as gifts. Giving a book is like offering an adventure to the recipient. Receiving a book tells you a lot about the giver and the giver’s perception of you. Books can be very personal and universal at the same time. Books can unite or divide.
The walls of my office are lined with all of the latest publications surrounding women in leadership, leadership in general and motivational publications.
Whenever I begin a coaching relationship, I always ask the question “Do you like to read?” If the client responds “yes,” I am overjoyed. I know this will be the beginning of a great relationship. I gently recommend different books or articles that I feel are pertinent to their situation.
Reading opens the mind. Reading provides clarity. Reading stimulates curiosity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said “I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” In other words, “You are what you read.”
Choose wisely. Choose well. Choose deliberately. You are what you read. I read books about leadership, entrepreneurship and self-awareness. What have you read lately? What have you learned? How has what you read made you a better leader?
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