Future Fit # 7: On becoming an adaptive leader: What are you reading?

TomorrowToday has promised to help you start the journey towards being future fit – to becoming an adaptive leader. Being merely a ‘good leader’ will not suffice when it comes to meeting the challenge of the future. You will need to be a great leader and a ‘great leader’ is someone who understanding and practices adaptive leadership. This is part of a ‘boot camp’ through which we help you begin the journey of becoming future fit; we help you in the process of becoming an adaptive leader. Each ‘session’ is designed around a thought-bullet (Head) and an action point (Hand) – something to think about and something to try out. We have promised to keep the ‘head’ part to under a minute and the practical part (hand)…well, that is up to you.

ladders into the skyFuture Fit # 7: What are you reading?

Head:
Adaptive leaders understand the importance of learning. Being a ‘learner leader’ is simply not negotiable yet all too often senior leaders are not intentionally pursuing a ‘learning agenda’. Reading is one (important) way to learn and I often hear leaders say, “I would like to read, I know it is important but, I am simply too busy to read”. Well then you are too busy. This excuse displays the reality that the tyranny of the urgent prevails – the ‘important’ has been sacrificed for the ‘urgent’. It is a dangerous state when it becomes the norm. Your people need to ‘catch you’ reading at your desk. If intentionally created, a reading culture could be what allows you to navigate the future with confidence and success. Be selective in what you read and ensure that you leverage learning from this source into your team and business.

Hands:
Think carefully about what you should be reading and when you can block time to do so. Start by making three x 20min ‘appointments’ in your diary over the next week when you will read at the office. If ‘what to read’ is not obvious, contact two people you respect and whom you know are readers and ask them for the best two books that they have read over the past 6 months. TomorrowToday have also complied a list of 42 books leaders ought to read and simply contact us should you want this list.




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