I am a voracious reader. Primarily, I read non-fiction. While I have a broad and eclectic reading taste, I love history and I read a lot of leadership books. Naturally, being an amateur theologian (someone who studies stuff about God), I am drawn to spiritual books as well.
Currently, I reading a slew of things. In addition to my regular reading, I’ve been chewing on a number of personal essays because of a creative nonfiction writing course that I am enrolled in this Fall. It’s a great class intended to help improve my writing ability and up my wordsmith game.
As a student of communication, I recognize the power of words and how choosing the right word can be the difference in the desired outcome. Careless words, as the late singer George Michael affirmed eons ago, wreak havoc. “Words are like bullets,” my Sweet T always says. Once they are spoken, you can’t take them back.
Excellent communication is an integral part of organizational success and a key to being a great leader. The greatest leaders are also excellent communicators. I think reading helps people become better at communicating with others.
Here is my current reading list:
The Accommodation: The Politics of Race in an American City | by Jim Schutze
Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business | Gino Wickman
The Blessings of Humility | Jerry Bridges
Studies in the Sermon on the Mount | D. Martin Lloyd-Jones
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team | Patrick Lencioni
As you can see, my list covers a mashup of subjects that are of particular interest to me. I am continually striving to be a better leader. Understanding how organizations function and knowing how teams work together successfully are key components of leading people well. Just as I desire to be a better leader, I want to be a more godly man in all aspects of my life, particularly in my marriage, in my relationships, and at work. Living in Dallas and ministering to a homeless population impacted by the social contracts of the past, I want to learn more about how we arrived at this point. After all, I am curious to know while only 18% of our population is Black why 70% of our homeless guests are people of color.
What books are you currently reading? Please feel free to share their titles in the comments section below. Be sure to tell me why you’re reading what you’re reading. That way we can learn more about each other. Blogging is always about growing in community.
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