Procrastireads: Reading and writing are fundamental to leadership

A great way to learn to be an outstanding leader is to keep a journal. You can record thoughts and feelings, creative ideas, and let your imagination flow.  Making this a daily habit can reduce stress, focus your efforts on what matter, and you’ll find you are more appreciative of things you would've otherwise forgotten.

Being grateful for their staff and colleagues, forming deep trusting relationships, and knowing the industry are just some of the characteristics of what great executives know and do. 

“I am amazing and things are great” doesn’t let anyone connect with you or know anything about you. Part of being a leader is establishing your personal brand and letting people get to know you. Be authentic and honest and build your audience’s trust. People relate to people on an emotional level, they don’t relate to manufactured robots. So don’t share all your strengths and appear to be perfect; share your weakest moments too and connect with your audience.  

Your reputation will follow you, whether or not the business succeeds or fails. If no one knows your personal brand, your business is meaningless. 

Did you know that the most powerful people are avid readers? Apparently Warren Buffett spends 80% of his day reading. Bill Gates reads for an hour each night before going to bed. And Mark Cuban credits part of his success to the fact that he is willing to read more than anyone else, according to Why You Should Read 50 Books This Year (And How To Do It)

I work way too much (sshhhh, I love what I do), but I also miss reading.  I don't do nearly enough of it.  So, signing off now to get a chapter or two in before it's time for some shut-eye.