Splendid piece in HBR - thanks to Holly Simmons for sharing it.
Let me declare my bias in advance.
I was trained in business and engineering - and have been a reader all my life.
(And my latest book comprises stories & poems from the road, www.reflections-of-a-business-nomad.com)
Poetry & literature:
- open the mind,
- help us wrestle with & make sense of complexity,
- help unlock latent creativity, and
- teach empathy.
Not a bad ROI!
In some cultures, it's understood that "professional" means you have a deep understanding & appreciation of Art, as well as, Science.
Professionals, in such cultures, are expected to read & reflect, and this makes them better leaders.
(They are better able to wrestle with complexity, and are more empathetic & creative.)
Is this the norm in our culture?
I'd love to hear YOUR thoughts.
The best leaders I've encountered are tough, reflective, creative READERS - many the product of Military schools.
The Military teaches important virtues, reading & reflection among them.