A look at some high-speed reading lists

BooksWhat you do and how you do it are largely shaped by what you learn. One of the ways you can learn is through professional reading. Jefferson, Adams, and Franklin were avid readers. While in the Air Force, we were encouraged to read the books on the Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List. If you check out my book reviews, you can tell that I also find reading is important. Reading lists can help ground you in a vision that leaders have for an organization. Here is a consolidated list of reading lists from key leaders, innovators, and organizations. It is a good place to start if you are trying to find something to read over the break and into the new year. I am going to start with the first reading list I became aware of. (** – books I have read)

Air Force Chief of Staff Reading List 2013

The U.S. Army Chief of Staff’s Professional Reading List

Chief of Naval Operations Professional Reading Program (CNO-PRP)

United States Coast Guard Reading List Commandant’s Choice

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon Reading List

Bill Gates Summer Reading List for 2013

Bill Gates indicated that he would take a two week break twice a year just to focus on reading. He would then weave his notes and ideas back into the products he built.

Do you have a favorite reading list? Please share in the comments.