Leaders Are Readers

Leaders are ReadersLeaders are Readers

In 1984, I attended a leadership forum where Charlie Tremendous Jones and Zig Ziglar were the speakers.  It was a turning point in my growth as a man and as a business leader.  One of the points I heard for the first time ever was,

“Remember, you will be the same person in five years as you are today except for two things:  the people you meet and the books you read.  Choose both carefully” ~Zig Ziglar

It hit me that if I did not make a change I would be the same person; I did not want to be the same person, I wanted to grow and change.

What you read, what you listen to and the people you associate with will either stump your growth as a leader or grow you as a leader.  That statement made sense to me that day.  I was a non-reader, I may have had a dozen books on my shelf, but because I wanted to grow as a leader, husband and father, it provided me a formula.  I decided that day to make a commitment to start reading at least 20 minutes a day.  I knew that I needed to be more careful to what and who I listened to and to seek out and associate with like-minded people.

Today, I have thousands of books on my shelves (plural) and just donated over 400 books.  On top of that, I have given away thousands of books to others over the years.

Let me challenge you to share with us responses to the following questions:

  1. Are you a reader? How much time on average are you spending reading books, not emails, to fill your mind with great insights and perspectives.
  2. What books have you been reading for personal and professional growth? Share with us what you are reading now or what you have read throughout the year.
  3. What are a few of your all-time favorite books? What books have challenged, encouraged, inspired and motivated you?
  4. What publications do you insist on subscribing to because of the value it brings you in both perspectives and inspiration?

“Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.” ~Zig Ziglar

Thank you for sharing and I look forward to picking up a copy of those that are recommended!

~Mike Sipple Sr.


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  • Good advice Mr. Sipple. I have made a point of reading a lot more the past year as well. As a Christian, I now read the Bible regularly and here are some of the other books I’ve recently read that have helped me grow personally & professionally:

    Run Your Business, Don’t Let It Run You – Clay Mahtile
    EntreLeadership – Dave Ramsey
    The Thank You Economy & Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook – Gary Vanerchuk
    Uncommon – Tony Dungy

  • Mark Faust

    100 books a year is easy with Audible.com

  • Bonita Martin

    I am currently reading Lean HR by Dwayne Lay and The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni. The Advantage is my favorite of the two!

    • MikeSippleJr


      The Advantage is outstanding! Need to add Lean HR to the list resources. Don’t forget to stop back by here and add any additional great books you read! We are always looking for outstanding resources that motivate, educate, challenge and disrupt thinking of leadership, human capital, motivation, inspiration, team building, development and talent related topics.

  • Stephen Sabatalo

    “The Energy Bus – 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team” by Jon Jordon

    Excellent read; The Power of positive Energy

    • MikeSippleJr

      Stephen, thank you for adding this to the list of recommendations. We will certainly add it to our list as a must-read!

  • Brandon Christin

    I am currently reading ‘Grit’ by Angela Duckworth. I am about 70% complete and it is one of the better books that I have read this year.

    Looking forward to adding a few of the books shown above to my list.