In today’s modern world our life is highly influenced by the digital and social media. This is the “Information Age.” We receive more information in one day than people in the early 1900’s received in their lifetime. I have seen leaders taking decisions and forming an opinion based on the information circulating on social media without even checking the authenticity of the source. It requires time and effort to validate all the information that we receive today but, unfortunately, we have confined ourselves to our own world and lost the ability to interact and communicate with the communities around us.
In my view, information is not enough to learn, educate and form an opinion. It is the knowledge and how we implement that knowledge makes a difference not only in our lives but in the lives of others as well. I believe, reading enables young leaders, entrepreneurs, and professional employees to make sound judgments and help them in decision making. Here are the 3 key reasons why leaders must read.
Knowledge plays an important role in leader’s life. A Leader with no knowledge is similar to another person strolling along a track in the total dark. It had been the very first order that Lord gave to his Prophet Mohammad PBUH (Leader) and his followers to read and understand, so man would recognize the important role of knowledge in his life and a great need for it.
“Read! In the Name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists). He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood). Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous. Who has taught (the writing) by the pen? He has taught man that which he knew not” [Quran, 96: 1-5]
Half of what we know today, we did not know fifteen years ago. The amount of knowledge has doubled in the last fifteen years and is said to be doubling again every eighteen months. Reading is a primary source of new knowledge and awareness about the industry, humans, political environment, international trade and trends and markets to develop skills for more success in life.
The importance of getting knowledge goes hand in hand with the need to be a wise leader. Reading exposes your mind to new ideas; it feeds your mind and soul which in turn shows you the way to incorporate your values into decision making.
King Solomon, a leader synonymous with wisdom, says: “The intelligent man is always open to new ideas. In fact, he looks for them.”
Reading biographies and learning from the lives of exceptional people shows you the impact of good and bad decisions they have made. Wise leaders are always preparing themselves and their group to meet the future. They create a positive and optimistic approach to support themselves and others. To learn how to lead is largely a matter of getting acquainted with the development we are a part of, constantly seeking knowledge and new information that will move things forward. Reading biographies improves your analytical and decision-making skills.
HUMBLENESS | HUMILITY
I’ve also found that reading leads to humility because you realize that you are no longer in the little pond of knowledge you once thought you owned but rather standing on the shore of an ocean of information.
In a global marketplace where problems are increasingly complex, no one person will ever have all the answers. Therefore, the leaders need to be humble, open about other’s opinion, accept mistakes and be gentle. A recent study shows that humility is one of four critical leadership factors for creating an environment where employees from different demographic backgrounds feel included. That is why multinational companies like Google’s SVP of People Operations, Lazlo Bock, says humility is one of the traits he’s looking for in new hires.
Humility is a fundamental part of the Christian faith. There are more than 33 verses in Bible about Humility.
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 | NIV
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the Lord,
and humility comes before honor.
Proverbs 15:33 | NIV
Leaders must read for all the practical and religious reasons.
Courtesy of cxm.world