Why Self-development Books are the Best Start to Improve Your Leadership Skills

Most people believe that their problems in life are so unique and different that nobody else on earth has had them before so there is no way some author in some book somewhere could help them. This is probably one of the biggest hurdles for people who don't read self-help books to overcome.

Yes, your problems are personal. However, I can almost guarantee you that whatever issues you have in your life, someone else out there has already had them before and most probably overcame them and then wrote a book about it. Why should you read them to improve your leadership skills?

Self-development books provide great value and in almost all cases.

Typical self-development authors spend hundreds or thousands of hours refining the techniques, strategies, opinions, systems and processes they are communicating and sharing with you in their books. For most of them, the books represent the answers and strategies they have spent a large portion of their lifetime searching for at a cost of thousands or possibly MILLIONS of dollars.

In most cases, there is no need to re-invent the wheel. Learn about the wheel, what it does, how it works, and then learn how you can apply the wheel to make your life easier, but don't re-invent the wheel if you don't have to.

There are very, very, very few self-development books that are so bad that they are not worth their purchase price.

All self-development resources are not created equal, some are much, much better then others and some authors will resonate with you much more then others, but in general from the hundreds of books that I've read, I don't remember a single time when I felt that the book I purchased was not worth the price it sold for. In most cases even a "bad" book will have a few 'gold nuggets'. Really good books can easily be worth millions of dollars to you throughout your life time.

Successful and wealthy people do not hoard or keep the real secrets for themselves.

In fact, quite the contrary is true. Big leaders understand that the more they share with the world, the more wealth they build, so the most common problem you are going to actually encounter is not the fact that wealthy people are hiding something from you, the problem you are going to have to learn to overcome is them sharing TOO MUCH with you. They share with you their principles and philosophies related to the subject at hand and it is your job to properly understand, filter and apply the specific principles to your life.

Books are one of the most inexpensive mediums.

As a leader or future leader you should treat books as investment to develop your skills. A typical book might only cost you $24.99, but a seminar which contains similar information might cost $2,499.99. Although there are advantages to seeing certain seminars live, I typically won't go to see someone until I have read at least a few of their books to see if they are someone I would be willing to invest in seeing live in person.

In summary, I believe that in order to build long term wealth you are going to need to invest time and money growing your biggest asset, which is yourself. I have found that one of the best ways to do this is to take advantage of and leverage the great amount of self-development books available in the marketplace to help you with this.
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Sarah Williams is a self-development writer, blogger and entrepreneur. Her mission is to empower people to love and believe in themselves so they can accomplish their dreams and make a difference in the world. Check out her blog to get free access to her tips and other <a href="http://get-a-wingman.com/">online motivational resources</a> at Wingman Magazine.
  • /data/userPictures/5C69DEA0-0543-4278-9A73-52F2413047CE.jpgTyson Stewart7/5/2015 1:49:40 AM
    I agree whole-heartedly. I have found that I don't need to focus on self-improvement books that focus solely on a specific area of my life to see some transformation in that particular area, but can capture principles from one theme that are applicable to multiple aspects of my life. For example, I have learned concepts that have made me a better father while reading books intended to make me a better salesperson and vice-versa.

  • /data/userPictures/744B70E2-0AF5-4353-AA95-A9F7D9401D98.jpgDenisse Ypina-Favela7/29/2015 5:00:15 PM
    Thanks for the article, Sarah! I love to read but also listen to books on audio. Could you share some of your favorite self-help books? Or point me to where to start with these? :) Thanks!

  • /data/userPictures/763AE7BB-6317-4F57-B450-2CCF39D11EF2.jpgRandy Wolfe11/25/2015 6:19:12 PM
    Great article! I agree that investing time and energy in reading has helped my career and personal growth.

  • /data/userPictures/C3411CCD-8FA1-4F25-BE8C-0D1CF6FCC575.jpgDavid Lovelace1/29/2016 11:22:16 AM
    I like audio books on CD or MP3 to make my car a university on wheels.

  • /data/userPictures/472697A6-51FC-4D18-B770-FAE41BF02EBD.jpgMax Stevenson2/23/2016 10:16:05 AM
    I couldn't agree more. Recently I have purchased 4 books, and every piece of information is like gold to me. It never hurts to keep improving on one's self.

  • /_ckcommon/images/blanks/userPictureFemale.jpgSally Isok10/28/2016 5:59:45 PM
    I am always looking for self development courses and either through these courses or books i keep myself aware of the areas i need to work on. One of the best experiences i had is Landmark Forum Self Education, Expression and Leadership Program i took twice in San Francisco.

  • /data/userPictures/959514EE-95E6-4BAE-BA91-9FBDE2162E53.jpgEdward McAlexander, CPSP11/24/2016 9:03:30 PM
    Great article! Love self development books and have grown a lot from them. Well written!!!

  • /data/userPictures/CB499905-5058-49DA-A6B1-765C9283F1D4.jpgMeshell Baker6/5/2018 11:29:51 PM
    Great article with sage advice. I absolutely agree to read about people prior to paying to see them. It's the equivalent of sampling before you buy!!

  • /data/userPictures/E7AFE85A-44C0-4135-8599-20C3B8205AF5.jpgKeaton Quinn10/10/2018 10:21:39 AM
    I completely agree with this and it is energizing to see that others believe the same.