We live in an age where we have an abundance of access to books, articles, videos, podcasts, blogs and anything else the internet has to offer. It can be overwhelming to say the least. There is much that is available for free but a huge amount that requires an investment of funds too. My budget doesn't always allow for spending on books or DVDs or courses so I have had to tap into what is available.
- Podcasts: free resources don't come much better than podcasts. I love that I can be continuing with the tasks of my day while being inspired, taught and encouraged in my leadership journey. There are many out there. My current favourites are the Bold and Courageous Leader podcast from Rhonda Peterson and the Leadership University podcast from Dr Henry Cloud. I love that they bring a Biblical perspective to leadership.
- Video teaching: I love watching great leaders teach. YouTube always has lots of options but may not have full videos (or have them there illegally). I have had access to RightNow Media through a previous organisation (not available to individuals) and was blown away by how much there is on offer. Several internet sources have video teaching available for purchase and of course, book stores would too.
- Books: I haven't read many leadership specific books. I often turn to audiobooks and Kindle versions to reduce costs and be able to listen while going about my day. There have been many that have inspired me of late:
Wild and Free: A hope-filled anthem for the woman who feels she is both too much and never enough by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan.
Undaunted: Daring to do what God calls you to do by Christine Caine
Unstoppable: Running the race you were born to win by Christine Caine
The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
A Million Little Ways by Emily P. Freeman
Simply Tuesday by Emily P. Freeman
Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
Unqualified by Steven Furtick
- Conferences: I am attending the Global Leadership Summit conference here in Perth next week. I have seen segments of previous years but have never attended a full conference. I am looking forward to expanding my skills and being inspired.
- Mentors and those around me: possibly even more beneficial than all of these other resources are the people in my life who are further along the journey of leadership than I am and can speak into my own journey. My team and friends around me are also key in encouraging, inspiring, correcting and growing me.
As my journey of stepping up in leadership continues, I am eager to keep learning and growing. I would love to hear about your favourite resources.
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