In this episode of the 5 Leadership Questions podcast, Todd Adkins and Chandler Vannoy are joined by Karen Swallow Prior, professor of English and author of On Reading Well. They discuss how and why we should work on developing our reading skills and being comfortable with other viewpoints to better support our own viewpoints.
“I think you should take notes, mark in the book, or do something to engage with it and read reflectively. Good writing is not the kind of writing you can skim.”
“Reading one book well is far better than reading ten to check off your list.”
“We all have skill levels, whether its reading or listening, and we should be trying to develop those and not get frustrated with ourselves because we aren’t where we think we should be.”
“I really want to understand their point of view so that I can understand and support my own point of view.”
“We are always thinking in community and hopefully we are part of different thinking communities.”
“When I see leadership potential or any other type of gifting in my students or colleagues, I want to name that in them and encourage them to pursue it.”
“All this is about nuancing our ability to see and apply the truth and also to pursue it apart from our comfort zone.”
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