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Reading makes a leader smarter

By Fransina Ndateelela Kahungu
Have you ever read a page and you got down to the bottom of it and you did not know what you had read?

The author's experience in the local authority operation as a Local Authority Councillor made her to concentrate on literacy versus more or deeper reading in relations with leadership. At the local authority level as it is the case in other business' work places, one is expected to read thick and big documents to enable self to make a decision. As a result, reading for understanding is one of the key requirements in this operation.

Yes, every day's experience will definitely add to the knowledge.

Notwithstanding, the historical background, one would agree with me that it was not time to consider the level of literacy in administering the local authority affairs. This is the time for economic struggle where deep, broad reading habits may define characteristics of great leaders which might results in insight, innovation and personal effectiveness of leaders who are expected to lead forward such struggle. Such leaders create knowledge, habits and talents to improve their leadership structures.

The title question might be translated in a further question that "What could happen in the case where a document for discussion is provided before hand but the intended readers failed to read, not only read but understand the text?" This is terrible for leadership. Local Authority Councillors are expected to read materials related to various fields. Thus, deep and broad reading of such materials is a necessity. The opposite to that effect will result in a non-adept and non-articulate communicator.

Let us treat this case as though it was a football game whereby a team has to prepare for an important League game to take place. In the case of football, physical preparations are required for the team to drill in the art of goal-making. In the case of local politics, reading and perusing the discussion documents is important to enable him/her to caucus with his/ her party colleagues on the best strategy for them in the meeting. When the team is given prepared items for discussions for Council meetings, it has to do so in consultations with each other. This is the crucial time when reading versus literacy is applicable. Reading will improve intelligence and lead to innovation and insight.

The background information in the documents will be in addition to the knowledge picked throughout a life of a political leader. Therefore, it is of utmost important that all players in the field know when to pass the ball and to which player if the aim is to score a goal. That is why football teams have to stay away from the public and live in the training camp so that they play together and learn all the tactics on how to beat the opponent team.

By reading more or deep makes a leader smarter through more knowledge in addition to the reasoning skills. Reading can make you identify a hidden word which was placed in the text purposely to confuse readers and will result in an informed decision to be taken.


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