Books Grads Should Read And Why

There are a lot of recommended reading lists floating around this time of year targeted at high school and college graduates. For many grads, the last gift they want this season is a book. They have read enough. They need a temporary or perhaps a permanent break from reading. Little do they know that the discipline of reading and wise application helps to evolve a leader into someone worth following. One fact I know about this generation is that they possess a pervasive curiosity that when harnessed and directed creates and achieves what formally seemed illogical or impossible. We need young leaders and we need those leaders to be readers.

Leaders are readers.
— John Maxwell

There are a number excuses why young people say they do not read:

  1. They don't have time.
  2. They are busy.
  3. They don't like to read.
  4. They cannot comprehend well what they read.
  5. They don't know where to begin.
  6. They don't have a long enough attention span.

I am reminded of Kelsey Meyer's article for Forbes, Why Leaders Must Be Readers, and the three distinct ways she outlined how reading can help anyone grow as a leader:

  1. Reading reminds us.
  2. Reading challenges us.
  3. Reading gives us the opportunity to interact with others.
Read. Learn. Grow. Influence. Repeat.