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Your Summer “Beach Book” Could Make You a Better Leader

leadershipSummer isn’t far off, and the “best beach reads” lists are already coming out. Here’s the thing – your leisure reading may actually make you a better leader in the workplace.

According to this Fast Company article, researchers have discovered that that reading fiction can help you improve skills that are just as important as the technical knowledge you might gain from nonfiction.

Many great leaders – including our former president – have openly discussed how their love for fiction has impacted their professional success.

The article shines a light on 5 specific qualities reading fiction can help develop, including:

  1. Enhanced reasoning skills
  2. Understanding of complex problems
  3. Empathy
  4. Stress relief
  5. Strong role models

Definitely read the whole article for deeper insight.

Now, this isn’t to suggest that non-fiction reads aren’t still important to your career and leadership development. But it does suggest that you should never feel guilty about “reading just for fun.” The reality is that your leisure reading – whether you know it or not – is helping you professionally.