4 Reasons Every Business Woman Should Read
Exceptional business women tend to have many habits. One of them is surprisingly simple. It is reading.
Harry S. Truman said, “not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
I love reading! I not only find it enjoyable, but over the years it has played a critical role in helping me become a better business leader.
I can hear you! You are doing the eye roll and saying, “I don’t have time to read.”
But, I am going to tell you, if you are wanting to grow your business or career, reading is vital!
Four advantages of reading for all women business leaders
Reading Elevates Us Above Our Current Situation
It’s easy to get stuck in our daily grind. We are racing through our day, head down and focused on the issue at hand. Reading can inspire new ideas and concepts to grow our businesses. It allows us to step back and view the forest full of opportunities versus the few trees right in front of our face.
Reading Can Quickly Build Our Expertise
Building anything of value as a business leader takes time, and the process is typically challenging and messy. Without reading, our expertise is limited to our individual experiences. Reading gives us access to a wide range of experiences that are not our own. It exposes us to different perspectives that may encourage a new or different approach. Reading promotes views outside of our own.
Reading Allows Us To Spend Time With The Best Mentors
It is like a mentor exposing you to new and thoughtful ideas that you can apply to your business and life.
Over the years, I desired learning and growing and could not afford to attend conferences or training. So, I bought books. Books allowed me to learn from the best.
Reading Gives Leaders an Advantage
The world’s wealthiest people have one thing in common. They read. Leaders like Mark Cuban, Warren Buffet, Rachel Hollis, and Tony Robbins value reading for knowledge and make it a habit.
Leaders understand, the knowledge from books is accessible to everyone, however, not everyone takes advantage to gain that knowledge.
As a business leader and owner. It is also important you share the ideas, concepts and thoughts with your team.
How do you share ideas from reading with your team?
Share books and ideas with your team.
Recommend insightful books, articles, and podcasts to your team. They can access these resources to grow and learn. Send ideas, articles, and quotes in their email or print and hand out this great information at a meeting.
Spark debates with your team.
Conversate with your team about insightful books, articles, and podcasts. Start a meeting with a reading from a book, a video online, or an insightful idea from an article. Take time at a meeting to spark a debate about an article or idea. Discuss the topic and how it can relate to your industry or business.
Women Business Leaders Need To Be Readers
If you are a business leader or owner who claims you don’t have time to read, I first want to thank you for actually reading my article! Thanks!
But, seriously, I encourage you to make time.
If you don’t have time to read a full book, read articles or seek guides online. You can even pair up with a friend and take turns reading and sharing ideas.
You can also listen to great leaders on podcasts why you are commuting in your car or walking.
If you are a woman in business, you should be striving to develop knowledge to improve yourself, your company, and the people who work for you.
I am so passionate about helping women to grow their leadership and business by reading that I created the INspire BOX for Women Leaders.
In this group:
- I recommend a business leadership book for women.
- You receive an easy to use guide with all the value from the book.
- An interactive community on Facebook allows you to learn more from the book.
- Check out this easy to use system, designed for women!