The answers in response were not only many but also varied.
One person wrote that reading books can lead to a host of benefits including but not limited to making a person a better leader. The person also argued that one could get started in reading books by following the tips below:
Join a reading group.
One of my friends meets bimonthly with a group of colleagues to read classics in philosophy, fiction, history, and other areas. Find a group of friends who will do the same with you.
Vary your reading.
If you’re a business person who typically only reads business writing, commit to reading one book this year in three areas outside your comfort zone: a novel, a book of poetry, or a nonfiction piece in science, biography, history, or the arts.
Apply your reading to your work.
Are you struggling with a problem at work? Pick up a book on neuroscience or psychology and see if there are ways in which you can apply the lessons from those fields to your profession.
After working on a project with colleagues, I’ll often send them a book that I think they’ll enjoy. Try it out; it might encourage discussion, cross-application of important lessons, and a proliferation of readers in your workplace.
Read for fun.
Not all reading has to be developmental. Read to relax, escape, and put your mind at ease.
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