Updated: Jun 14, 2019
I really like to read. As a kid, I read a ton. You could often find me laying on the floor of the living room reading encyclopedias, my picture Bible, the Hardy Boys, or anything else I could get my hands on. As I grew older, I read less and less, mostly, I think, because reading became obligatory, and when things were (are) forced on me, they became (become) less appealing.
As an adult, I am not nearly as well read as I'd like to be.
I have always preferred non-fiction to fiction, with few exceptions. Around the start of the new year, I ordered 4 books, all non-fiction. While I'd like to be able to tell you I'm done with all 4, I'm not. I am about halfway through book #2, Legacy, by James Kerr. It's a book with a leadership theme centered around the most successful rugby team in history, the All Blacks out of New Zealand.
This is not a book review, that will come later.
All of the books I bought were themed around leadership. The next round will be themed around communication.
In my role, as a collegiate baseball coach, good leadership is paramount to success.
I heard a gread interpretation of leadership this week, described by Pat Murphy, bench coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, in an interview he did with my friend Phil Boyte on Phil's podcast, School Culture by Design. Paraphrasing Murphy, the role of a leader/baseball coach, is to inspire players to perform beyond their percieved (i before e except after c or when it's a as in neighbor or weigh, I know...perceived) ability. In an earlier podcast, Phil said that a good leader helps people improve at their jobs, while a great leader helps people improve their lives.
I want to be a great leader, and I intend to do whatever I can to arm myself with the necessary tools and knowledge to succeed in that arena.