Warren Buffett is undeniably one of the best-known and most respected investors and philanthropists of our time. A Google search reveals countless articles on Buffett's habits and traits we can emulate in the hopes of achieving some modicum of success.
But perhaps the most surprising of Buffett's habits is his dedication to reading. He reportedly reads for approximately 80% of his day.
Harry S. Truman said, "Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." There are many examples of respected leaders who have been voracious readers, including Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
But why is this?
We do know that reading helps develop a variety of skills and traits that ultimately help build respect. These include:
- Increased Verbal Intelligence
- Improved Understanding of Social Cues
- Improved Emotional Intelligence
Takeaway: Many of the most respected leaders of our time are avid readers. Incorporate reading into your daily routine as a way to develop important social and leadership skills that will lead others to respect you.
- John Rampton