It’s hard to believe that one year ago the Second Chair Leadership Podcast came to life! If you’ve been with me from the beginning you know this story already, but for those who are new to the podcast you might be surprised to learn I didn’t set out to start a podcast. At the encouragement of a friend I entered a creativity contest with a very simple idea - to celebrate and champion the leader behind the leader who is getting stuff done and adding value to their organizations.
Best Books is an annual tradition. Each year I read quite a few books and while I don’t recommend everything I read, I thought there were some that might interest you. I offer to you, in no particular order, a list of books that I found the most interesting, challenging, helpful, and/or inspiring.
I’ve been privileged to interview some amazing guests on my podcast over the past ten months, and having launched the Second Chair Leadership Podcast ten months ago I realized there were some things I did right that I hope prove useful to you. There are some key elements you should work through on paper before you ever hit the record button I believe will serve you well.
A few weeks ago a guest interviewed me on my own podcast. Normally I'm the one asking the questions, but this time he was calling the shots. Since then I've been thinking quite a bit one of the things he said...
"We all have ideas to do something creative, but you're actually doing it."
If you are ever fortunate enough to serve in this kind of capacity or if you’re weighing whether or not to say yes to this kind of opportunity I hope you can learn a thing or two from my first exposure to board leadership.
One of the things I most enjoy doing is resourcing leaders. I love connecting leaders to someone who can help them or point leaders to a resource I believe will help them with a particular challenge they're facing. Because I love to read I find myself talking with others about what I'm currently reading and how my reading is impacting my thinking, which is why I ask every guest who appears on the podcast this question:
"What's one book you recommend every leader read and why?"
Much of life requires negotiation, but not the stereotypical strong-arming or bullying kind of negotiation where intimidation tactic are used to bend the will of the other person to agree with you. Not at all. Rather skillful negotiators practice active listening, empathy, and asking good questions repeatedly.
There is an ever-increasing need to cultivate a reflective mind - a mind that reflects on what's most important in life. I've noticed that when it comes to cultivating a reflective mind, there are internal and external barriers. The most often cited are fear, busyness, and noise.
It's become something of a tradition here. Each year I read quite a few books and while I don’t recommend everything I read, I thought there were some that might interest you. In no particular order, this is the list of books I read this past year that I found the most interesting, challenging, helpful, and/or inspiring.
I'm a firm believer that leaders are readers. According to a recent Inc.com article on the reading habits of leaders a survey by the National Endowment for the Arts found that only 43% of adults read something that wasn't required for work or school - the lowest average in decades. The blog post goes on to say that the habits of highly successful individuals suggests that leaders are in fact, readers.