The Power of Books to Propel Your Career
Forbes columnist Carmine Gallo writes that the most common New Year's resolutions are typically to "exercise more" and "lose weight." Reading more books doesn't even crack the top 10 for most. But for leaders and decision-makers, he asserts, it should top the list. Gallo read more than 75 nonfiction books last year, many of them written by chief executives. He was struck by how many leaders credited another book for their success. For instance, in his book "Hit Refresh," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella details his efforts leading the transition from a Windows-centric company to one that is now at the forefront of artificial intelligence and cloud computing. He credited one book, in particular, with changing his life and career: Stanford Professor Carol Dweck's book, "Mindset," which divides the world between learners and non-learners and demonstrates that a fixed mindset will limit you, and a growth mindset will move you forward. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who reads about a book per week, says Steven Pinker's "The Better Angels of Our Nature” changed the strategy behind his philanthropy. Gates called it "the most inspiring book I've ever read."

Another book Gallo cites is astronaut Scott Kelly's "Endurance," in which Kelly revealed that he had graduated from high school in the bottom half of his class due to undiagnosed ADHD. One day while wandering the bookstore in the only college that had accepted him, he stumbled upon Tom Wolfe's "The Right Stuff" and he committed himself to doing whatever it would take to follow in the path of the heroic pilots Wolfe wrote about.

Gallo concluded that a commitment to reading can help you stand out as a leader. “Leaders might be readers, but great leaders are voracious readers,” he wrote.
Forbes (12/31/17) Gallo, Carmine
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