Read to Lead

The Simple Habit That Expands Your Influence and Boosts Your Career

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"Direct, actionable, and true, this is an urgent call to embrace learning. The world is changing faster than ever, and a good book can be your shortcut to the change you seek to make."--Seth Godin, author of The Practice

It's the common habit shared by many successful people throughout history. It's responsible for unlocking limitless creativity and influence. It's known to reduce stress, improve decision-making skills, and make you a better leader. What is it? Reading. And it's the single best thing you can do to improve yourself professionally.

Reading more and better books creates opportunities for you to learn new skills, rise above your competition, and build a successful career. In Read to Lead you'll learn

· why you need to read like your career depends on it
· the eight research-backed reasons reading will help you build your career
· how to absorb a book into your bloodstream
· techniques that can double (or triple!) your reading speed
· tips on creating a lifetime reading habit
· and more

If you want to lead a more satisfied life, have more intelligent conversations, and broaden your mind, you need to read to lead!


"Direct, actionable, and true, this is an urgent call to embrace learning. The world is changing faster than ever, and a good book can be your shortcut to the change you seek to make."

Seth Godin, author of The Practice

"Victor Hugo once said, 'To learn to read is to light a fire.' How true this is! Brown and Wisnewski perfectly capture the essence of reading power in their terrific book Read to Lead. This book is filled with excellent tips, advice, and suggestions on both why and how to expand your horizons through reading and how to make it a daily habit that will serve you for a lifetime. The readers of today are truly the leaders of tomorrow. A splendid, worthwhile read!"

Stephen M. R. Covey, New York Times and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Speed of Trust

"If you have the nagging feeling that you should read more but can't seem to do it, this book is for you. Read to Lead provides research-backed motivation to become a reader. And it gives you the practical tips and techniques you need to get the most out of every book you choose--which in turn makes reading extremely valuable and enjoyable. Let Jeff and Jesse guide you in your new reading routine."

Michael Hyatt, New York Times bestselling author, founder of LeaderBooks

"I might be biased because I'm a writer, but I think books are the cheapest, easiest way to radically change your life. In this book, Jeff and Jesse take that idea and supercharge it with actionable steps you can begin using to improve your career instantly."

Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Soundtracks: The Surprising Solution to Overthinking

"Reading is the freedom that leads to all other freedoms. Read to Lead will inspire accelerating readership, growth, and entrepreneurship. I hope it excites everyone who can read (4 billion of us) to teach one who can't to read (4 billion alive now). I am happy you are reading and leading with my friends' book."

Mark Victor Hansen, bestselling author and cocreator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul, One Minute Millionaire, and ASK! series

"If you want to read more and retain more, Jeff and Jesse have amassed a treasure trove of practical ideas for you. In Read to Lead you will find hundreds of best practices you can use to revolutionize the way you read."

Mark Miller, vice president of High Performance Leadership, Chick-fil-A, Inc.; international bestselling author of Win Every Day

"This extraordinary book will change your life, unlock your potential, and enable you to achieve any goal you can set for yourself. The richest and most successful people in the world have read themselves to riches and great rewards, often starting with little or nothing, and so can you."

Brian Tracy, speaker, author, consultant, and self-made millionaire

"Jeff and Jesse have written a must-read book about the life-changing act of reading. They start Read to Lead by sharing inspiration and science-backed motivation to read more. Then they lay out easy-to-adopt ideas that will help you read faster--and fully absorb what you read. Finally, they share creative ways to bring books to life and take your newfound knowledge from page to people. Whether you're an avid reader or an aspiring one, Read to Lead will arm you with ideas and inspiration that allow the wisdom trapped in books to guide your path through life."

Pamela Wilson, author of Master Content books

"Growing up in a poor farming family with no radio or TV, I found books to be my lifeline to a broader world. Those books took me to places around the world, allowed me to learn from the brightest minds in history, and opened the doors to a life of richness and joy. Books are my most prized possessions today, not because of their monetary value, but because of what they represent in transforming my life. Here's a guide to enhance your life and explode your opportunities for leading well."

Dan Miller, author of 48 Days to the Work You Love, and host of the 48 Days Podcast

"A love of reading is the superpower that has catapulted the most renowned people on the planet to massive success. In their new book, Read to Lead, Jeff and Jesse show how all people--irrespective of background--can obtain that superpower themselves. Thoroughly practical, it contains a step-by-step guide to exponentially amplifying your influence and impact."

James Whittaker, bestselling author of Think and Grow Rich: The Legacy and host of Win the Day with James Whittaker podcast

The Authors

  1. Jeff Brown
    Natalie Champa Jennings

    Jeff Brown

    Jeff Brown is an award-winning radio producer and personality and a former nationally syndicated morning show host. After more than 25 years in the radio and music industries, Jeff went boss-free and launched the Read to Lead podcast, a four-time Best...

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  2. Jesse Wisnewski
    Brad Davis

    Jesse Wisnewski

    Jesse Wisnewski is a senior-level marketing professional and a self-proclaimed bibliophile. He has been featured in Forbes, CNBC Make It, The Muse, Observer, and more. He holds a master's degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological...

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