Reading for CPD. An Essential Habit.

This year I have re-ignited my passion for reading non-fiction books that teach me something either personally or professionally.   Being a lover of reading fiction, it took me some will power to drag myself away from my novels, but the benefits have been well worth it.

There are so many management and leadership development books now currently in the market, but I have discovered great recommendations from various sources, such as ‘Medium’ ‘Harvard Business Review,’ and other coaching or leadership development newsletters to which I subscribe.

If you don’t subscribe to leadership style newsletters, I’m sure a business person you respect would be happy to recommend a few good books and of course there are always online reviews.

I have learnt two things since I have delved back into non-fiction.  Firstly, it pays to be discerning when it comes to your choice of books.  Time is precious, don’t read it wasting something that’s not worth your time.   Read the reviews and if you haven’t learnt at least one valuable idea by the end of the first quarter of the book, then I personally wouldn’t read on.

Secondly, for books with lots of practical tips and learning exercises, the experiential learning experience will be greatly enhanced by note taking, and practising the advice given in your professional life.   I have found this to be so important, because otherwise I may as well not bother reading the book, as I will have forgotten most of it within a week.

Reading for your professional development brings the following benefits:

  • Stimulates thought and floods the brain with new concepts
  • Provides food for thought and discussion
  • Teaches us valuable lessons about ourselves and others
  • Helps us to make better informed decisions
  • Teaches us about our emotions
  • Teaches leadership values
  • Provides examples of how successful people are doing it
  • Encourages further growth and learning
  • Improves our Emotional Intelligence.

I could go on.  If you haven’t read a good non-fiction book lately, turn off Netflix for a couple of nights a week and make this a new habit.  I honestly don’t think you can afford not to if you want to stay on top of your game.  All good business leaders are doing it.   Are you?

Best of luck and please feel free to share any good books!  I am currently reading ‘The Chimp Paradox’ by Dr Steve Peters, which I highly recommend.