Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Not All Readers Lead, But All Leaders Read

Although the largest empire in history was led by an illiterate, Harry Truman is right to believe most leaders read. It changes everything.

Reading fosters curiosity. Drives you to turn the page and figure how the hero gets out of trouble.

Reading builds empathy. What you see on television happens to other people, but when you read a book, you look out through someone else’s eyes. You learn everyone else is a ‘me’ like you. 

Reading gives hope. Fiction shows you that the world doesn’t have to be like this, things can be different.

Reading creates discontent. After you’ve visited an imaginary world of fairy fruits and magic elixirs, you can’t be entirely content with the world you grew up in. So you make it better.

Reading gives knowledge. Gives you weapons, tools, and skills you can use to fight and overcome obstacles for real.

Reading is company. It opens the door and gives you a place to go with the people you want to be with. 

Reading is time-travel. It’s how we talk and get lessons from those who are no longer with us. There are books that are older than most countries.

Reading is fun. And it’s time well spent, even if you don’t want to become a leader.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach