What does holing up oneself in a room with a good book all weekend have to do with job hunting?
Besides being one of my favorite hobbies that relaxes me, reading books on leadership development, career development and even engaging works of fiction help me grow as a professional. Every time I delve into the world of another I make a point to pull out the nuggets of wisdom the writer imparts. If this #90daystomydreamjob challenge lasts all the way to March 1 (the 90th day) then you will gain at least 12 new book recommendations—lucky you!
So without further delay here’s my first book recommendation to you: Love Leadership by John Hope Bryant. I first heard of the book from an article that one of my professors at Duke Business School, Joseph LeBoeuf, Jr., assigned in his Leadership course. I loved Professor LeBoeuf for how he challenged me to re-think my views on employee motivation, leadership and even military service. So I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that it took me four years to finally read the book with the title that caught my eye so long ago.
At first I thought the idea of ‘Love Leadership’ was a bit too pie in the sky for me. After finishing the book a few weeks ago however I knew that what the author was explaining was not only all true, but also essential for our long-term success as a society.
We can deny all we want about what we’re really looking for and need in our lives, but this author 'says it plain': we need to give and receive love. He explains his reasoning using interviews with business and public service leaders and outlines his five principles of love leadership. He makes clear throughout that if anyone (rich, poor or in-between) applies these principles then they will experience a life of meaning, love and wealth.
It’s a book I know I will refer to many times as I progress in my career.