Leaders are NOT readersYou’ve heard the saying “Leaders are readers.”

I no longer believe that is true!

That’s because just reading for reading’s sake is not a healthy leadership trait.

Great leaders are educators.

Meaning, they are always learning.

And always teaching.

They do this by reading, for certain! They are also podcast listeners; video watchers; conference attenders and intellectually curious.

Leaders learn wide, across many topics. This stops narrow-mindedness and gives them the ability to point the people they lead in the right direction.

Leaders also learn deep, digging into a few topics in detail. Which gives them the wisdom and experience to radically change how they lead.

People don’t want to follow a leader with empty knowledge.

People want to follow leaders with wisdom.


And knowledge.

Great leaders are great learners and therefore great educators.

Are you learning wide & deep to become the leader you need to be?




Footnote worth remembering: The saying “leaders are readers” was coined in the 1800s when reading was about the only option for learning.