One of the books I’m reading right now is The Conviction to Lead by Dr. Al Mohler. I just finished chapter 20, “The Leader as Writer.” Here are a few things that caught my eye as I was reading:
- Leaders who want to make a difference, and to make that difference last, must write. You can write this down—leaders are writers.
- Leadership is about communication, and much of that communication is necessarily written, but far too many leaders undermine their leadership with poor writing.
- Leaders who want to be writers, and thus to deepen and extend their influence, should identify writers and example of writing that are particularly clear, effective, eloquent, and moving.
- If you want to write, write a lot.
- Effective leaders, those who aspire to lasting and extended influence, will learn to use words as arrows fired from a bow, carefully chosen and aimed in order to accomplish a purpose.
- The written word matters longer and reaches farther than the words we speak.