Reading is For Leaders

One of my favorite leadership quotes is by Harry Truman, "Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." Recently in my quest for uplifting, informative and relevant books that would empower my leadership, this quote seems to be in the thick of things. So, I led out with it for this post. I hope it resignates with most of you as well.


Historically speaking, great leaders often discuss their favorite books and how they have impacted their careers. Bill Gates is known for releasing a reading list that exudes knowledge, power and intelligence. Just recently, Indra Nooyi, former CEO of Pepsi and first woman of color and immigrant to run a Fortune 50 company released her memoir, I can't wait to dive in. As you can see from these two examples, reading is definitely for leaders.

As part of a special project, I started reading Race Work & Leadership: New Perspectives on the Black Experience. And let me be the first to say as an African American woman, there are always new perspectives on the black experience. I particularly was drawn by the intersectionality, pathways and case studies that the book brought forth. It was a gem of a find as I continue my work in health equity and disparities.


As diversity efforts continue to fail people of color, I rival that one of the key strategies for great leadership is to take up more reading on subjects of cultural matter. As social, and workplace challenges continue to press leaders to the grind, our last two years on this planet have revealed unprecedented failures in leadership. With countless promises for diversity and inclusion, not many have been fulfilled. The world is watching.

But in the meantime, a great read is full of answers.


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