All human beings need inspiration to perform at our best. And as I’ve starting encouraging you on Fridays, as leaders this is even more important to us.
Let’s start with reading.
You may be reading to education, edification or entertainment. All of those are valid reasons to read. But what about consciously, intentionally reading to be inspired?
For me that could be something by Dale Carnegie, Zig Ziglar, Og Mandino, Maxwell Maltz, David Schwartz, Napoleon Hill, Bob Burg, Steve Farber, Jon Gordon (links to to specific books by these folks is fodder for future posts, and you know how to use Google) or the Bible.
Yes there is education in all of these, but there is also inspiration.
For you, perhaps the list is different – it may include prose or poetry or whatever. What is on your list matters less than that you HAVE a list.
Most important is that you dip into that list and READ from it.
Starting right now.
The bottom line is that maintaining and infusing our life with inspiration is an important conscious behavior that drives good leadership skills.
If you want to provide more innovative leadership, you need inspiration.
Books can provide knowledge and edification on our path to learning leadership, but books can provide so much more than knowledge, they can, when we choose carefully, provide inspiration, which provides confidence and an impetus to action.