A Summer Reading List That Will Help You Professionally

With summer in full swing, it's time for some leisurely reading. For many, this means hitting the beach and getting immersed in the world of fiction. For others, it's an opportunity to step back, reflect on work and gain some insights on becoming a more effective leader.

Whether you prefer biographies, history or management books, a number of helpful and entertaining volumes have been published during the past six months that are worth adding to your reading list.

I kicked off the summer by reading The Wright Brothers by David McCullough and The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789, by Joseph J. Ellis. While these became fast favorites of history lovers, I recommend them for anyone in a leadership position.

McCullough uses the Wright family's letters to unearth the brothers' studious approach to flight, one that mirrors the process for technology innovators of today. We learn about their collaboration, as well as their outreach to others in the early aeronautics community.

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