October 18, 2023

Leading by the Book: The Hidden Benefits of Reading for Leaders

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” – Harry S. Truman

We believe very strongly in the benefits of reading and recently asked our Leader Retreat sponsors, speakers, and coaches to share a favorite book. Then we gave away copies of those books during the event! (Thank you Cindy Small for being our Leaders Are Readers Sponsor!)

We will share the list of those great titles below but first, let’s talk about how reading works to improve your leadership skills.


10 Ways Reading Can Significantly Improve Your Leadership Skills

Knowledge Acquisition

Reading exposes you to a wide range of information and perspectives. Whether you’re reading books, articles, or reports, you can gain insights into different industries, leadership styles, and management techniques. This knowledge base equips you to make more informed decisions and adapt to various leadership challenges.

Critical Thinking

Reading encourages critical thinking and analytical skills. As you engage with diverse content, you learn to evaluate arguments, assess evidence, and develop a more discerning mindset. This skill is invaluable for leaders who must make complex decisions and solve intricate problems.

Empathy and Emotional Intelligence

We often read and talk about business books here at Ops Boss® Coaching, but reading fiction also brings some important benefits. Literature can help you understand the complexities of human emotions and behavior. By immersing yourself in the lives and experiences of characters, you develop empathy and emotional intelligence, which are essential for effective leadership and understanding the needs and concerns of your team.

Communication Skills

Reading enhances your vocabulary, language proficiency, and communication skills. Effective leaders must articulate their thoughts clearly, inspire and motivate their teams, and negotiate effectively. A well-rounded reading habit can improve your ability to communicate persuasively and empathetically.


Reading exposes you to a multitude of scenarios and problem-solving techniques. By learning from the experiences and decisions of others, you can refine your own decision-making process. Reading about different leadership styles and their outcomes can help you make more informed choices as a leader.

Time Management

To be an effective leader, you must manage your time efficiently. Reading demands time management skills, as it’s a commitment that competes with other tasks. If you want to be a top-notch leader, you’ve got to handle your time like a pro so the good news is, by getting better at slotting in reading time, you’ll also level up your time-management skills while also reaping all the other benefits of reading.


Leaders need to be flexible and willing to learn and adapt to changing circumstances. A diverse reading habit can help you become more open to new ideas and approaches.

Stress Reduction

Reading isn’t just about books; it’s a great stress reliever. Top leaders know that keeping cool is key to making good decisions and general well-being. Reading offers an escape from the daily leadership grind, and it’s a boost for your overall well-being.


Reading can also enhance your networking skills. It exposes you to thought leaders and experts in your field, making it easier to engage in informed discussions and build professional relationships. You can use what you’ve learned through reading to connect with others who share your interests. We share what our coaches are reading on social media every month and look forward to your recommendations too!

Inspiration and Motivation

Many leadership books and biographies of successful leaders can be a source of inspiration and motivation. They can help you set goals, develop a vision, and maintain your enthusiasm and dedication as a leader.


Unleash Your Potential With Every Page

Reading isn’t just about imbibing knowledge; it’s an exploration, a celebration, and above all, a path to holistic leadership. So, grab a book and embark on a transformative journey today.


Book Recommendations from Ops Boss® Leader Retreat

To aid in your literary journey, here’s a curated list from our retreat, each accompanied by a succinct descriptor:


Discover More Reads!

Dive into our curated lists from previous years and specialized picks:


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