By | Syed Balkhi | www.entrepreneur.com
There are many good reasons why the saying “leaders are readers’ is a known adage. People like Bill Gates, Oprah and many others are prolific readers who prioritize reading despite their busy lifestyles.
For leaders, reading provides mental benefits and information that keeps them updated with their industry. They also improve their leadership skills and critical thinking abilities. Reading books by other leaders from the past or contemporary times also acts as a form of mentorship.
There are many valuable lessons to be gained from the autobiographies and stories of leaders and from accounts of great businesses.
It isn’t necessary to focus on business content alone. Reading literature, humorous content, or any other subject matter is life-enhancing. It exercises the mind and creates empathy. These are things that make for better leadership.
My last argument for reading as a strong leadership habit is that it can be highly motivating. Depending on the content you read, you can improve your productivity and find the resilience you need to get through your entrepreneurial struggles. I find that the trials and triumphs of other people serve as helpful touchpoints when I face my own challenges.