Reading for Leadership

by Wayne Corley 05/05/2019

Have you ever wondered how some folks always seem to get the big breaks, or they always seem successful no matter what comes their way? Why do some people seem to “go with the flow” and handle situations without seemingly any hard work?

The Answer is Reading

Reading, you know that thing you said you would not do once you got out of school. If you look back since you left school most of the books you have read may have been fantasy, romance, or spy novels. Such books are not the type of reading that can help you be more successful. You see those successful executives and wonder how they got there, or you see those rich and wealthy people and wonder how they did it. They have one thing in common: they have created a habit of reading.

What to Read?

Reading puts fresh information into your mind. If you read biographies or autobiographies, you save time by learning from someone else’s experience. Now, when a similar situation crosses your path, you know what they did and have a plan in mind. Building on their wisdom lets you act in a way that looks like you are just “going with the flow” to those around you, but you get the most successful outcome and leave them wondering how you did it. A human being cannot act in a way that he or she has not learned by seeing or hearing. Unfortunately, you usually don’t have the option of following around a successful playwright, business person, financial tycoon, or a couple that has been married for 50 years and has successful kids. That leaves reading as the fastest way to access all of that information. 

Begin to create the habit of reading 15-30 minutes each day. One of the great things about twenty-first-century reading is that you don’t have to carry around a book all the time. All you have to do is locate a copy of the book online or get an e-reader app and buy the digital copy of the book of your choice. Just like with old school books, you can even check out these digital e-books from your local library. Now instead of just merely sitting on a metro, waiting at the doctor’s office, or even taking that 15-minute break in the restroom, you can read. 

 As you read you grow, and you will find some incredible things start coming out of your mouth during conversation that you will wonder who is talking. Now you begin to attract people and situations that you never thought would happen. Why? You expanded who you are and what you think about, and that makes you more attractive to others. Lives change as a result of reading.

So figure out your goal, then visit your local library, bookstore, or ebook website and get reading!

About the Author
Author

Wayne Corley

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Wayne Corley was raised in Central City, Kentucky then attended high school in Ogden, Utah. After a year at Columbia University he graduated with a B.A. in Business Psychology from Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. 

After two years of serving in the Peace Corps in Sabah, Malaysia, Wayne returned to the USA and work in a variety of positions in the hospitality industry in Southern California, Rhode Island and Virginia in the 70's.

In the 80's Wayne developed Lake Vista in Forest, a 750-acre planned development in Forest, Virginia. He was also President of the Greater Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Greater Lynchburg's Vision 2001,and on the Board of Directors of The Community Bank of Forest.

In 1995, Wayne and his wife, Kathy, moved to Salem, Massachusetts where Wayne became the founding Executive Director of the Salem State College Assistance Corporation, transforming a former industrial site adjacent to the college into a business incubator, The Enterprise Center at Salem State University. 

In 1999, Dr. Kathy Corley was hired by the Beaufort County Board of Education to open the new Bluffton Elementary School, and the couple moved to the Low country. Kathy is now the principal of Red Cedar Elementary School in Bluffton. 

In 2000, Wayne joined Harden Tuten Custom Homes and became the Director of Sales and Marketing until 2012. He has been a licensed real estate broker since 2005. As an Associate Broker with Charter One Realty, he specializes in the listing, marketing, and sales of luxury properties in the Bluffton-Hilton Head area private golf communities. 

Wayne is a 2006 graduate of the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and has served as Chairman of the Board of the Palmetto Chapter of the American Red Cross and as a member of the Beaufort County Tax Equalization Board. Wayne's experience in real estate and the sales and marketing of custom homes in communities throughout the Low country brings an added benefit to clients seeking to purchase, sell, or build residential properties.