In an appeal for deeper and wider reading among leaders, John Coleman highlights the importance of reading in the lives of Steve Jobs, Sir Winston Churchill, and General David Petraeus. He then persuades us with three benefits:

1. Reading improves intelligence and leads to innovation and insight: it increases vocabulary, world knowledge, abstract reasoning skills, and creativity (especially for those reading in many fields)

2. Reading makes you more effective in leading others: it enhances verbal intelligence, deepens empathy, and ramps up productivity, often leading to pay rises and promotions.

3. Reading relaxes and improves health: reading for six minutes can reduce stress by 68%, and may even fend off Alzheimer’s!

As, despite these attractions, people are reading less widely and less deeply, Coleman closes with five ways to help us improve personal literacy and, therefore, leadership skills. Read the whole article here.

  • Kurt Michaelson

    Thanks for sharing this article. In the past, I’ve always disliked reading, but that was mostly when I was in high school and my early attempts in college. But since then, I’ve complete college and seminary and enjoy reading more of the books that I want to read, rather than what someone else directs me to read. I was advised to read widely by one of my seminary professors and I guess, Steve Jobs’ book would be a start, eventually. My reading list is quite long of books that I want to finish reading too.

  • David Murray

    I’ve got a similar story, Kurt. I didn’t read a book in High School. Don’t think I read a full book until I was converted in my early twenties!

  • Esequias D Hernandez

    Hello, this is a great site to help us to help our kids to read the bible.

    Is there anyway to subscribe to an email newsletter that will contain the weekly plan sent directly to my inbox?

    • David Murray

      Yes, click on the envelope top right beside my photo.