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06.20.22

10 Books You Should Read This Summer

Summer Reading 2022

HER FATHER was an Olympic athlete, and her mother a physical education instructor. And unlike her siblings, Grace Kelly preferred reading to physical activity. Although her father was well-read, her proclivity to read didn’t always sit well with her father. He wanted her to be more athletic.

At school, she was encouraged to read widely. And she did. And we should too.

For me, reading some fiction is like taking a walk. It provides a diversion that gives your mind a chance to think through what you’ve been reading and learning. Especially for leaders, reading outside the normal leadership fare helps to provide you with context for your leadership. Reading fiction, histories, and biographies builds empathy and provide insights into human nature.

While I like just about everything from David Baldacci, like his latest Dream Town, I also like to go back and read classics from authors like John Steinbeck.

Wally Bock recommends that we take this time to read something we’ve always wanted to read, something to read for fun, and something we’ve never read about or that really stretches our brain. He even provides a helpful, downloadable sheet to help organize our list.

With a few extra hours of daylight, the summer is an ideal time to relax and read. Listed below are ten books released this year that will entertain, make you think, and improve your leadership. Pick at least three and take some time to make yourself better this summer.

summer readThe Crux: How Leaders Become Strategists
by Richard P. Rumelt

summer readThe 6 Types of Working Genius: A Better Way to Understand Your Gifts, Your Frustrations, and Your Team
by Patrick M. Lencioni

summer readTeam Emotional Intelligence 2.0: The Four Essential Skills of High Performing Teams
by Jean Greaves and Evan Watkins

summer readSmart Growth: How to Grow Your People to Grow Your Company
by Whitney Johnson

summer readThe President's Man: The Memoirs of Nixon's Trusted Aide
by Dwight Chapin

summer readWatergate: A New History
by Garrett M. Graff

summer read12 Notes: On Life and Creativity
by Quincy Jones

summer readEmotion By Design: Creative Leadership Lessons from a Life at Nike
by Greg Hoffman

summer readThe Power of One More: The Ultimate Guide to Happiness and Success by Ed Mylett

summer readDon't Trust Your Gut: Using Data to Get What You Really Want in Life
by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

And I can’t leave out Build. If you’re looking for business or career wisdom, this is the book to turn to now.
summer readBuild: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making by Tony Fadell

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