DEN Reads!

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

Harry S. Truman


Most articles that cite the common traits and habits of great leaders say that being a reader is one of them. Leaders read everything, not as an attempt at intellectual elitism, but for the constant consumption of knowledge. Even Forbes magazine wrote a great article on this in August 2012, “Why Leaders Must Be Readers.” So, the DEN team decided that we wanted to know what our members are reading, and we want the chance to share what we are reading these days, too. We’ve created the simple form below for you to fill out when you finish a professional selection, giving your feedback on the piece. Each month, we will aggregate the items shared by our members into a DEN Reads List of Recommended Reading. The next time you are on the search for a good book, article or blog post to challenge your mind, you will have a great place to turn!


A few questions might be crossing your mind.

Does it have to be an education related reading? We are going to, at least for now, keep the list to research related items. It can be an article, a blog post, or a book. They do not have to be specifically designed to have been tied to the education field, like the works of Dan Pink. There are lots of excellent selections for professionals that have implications in education, and that’s what we are hoping you are going to share. 

There are a lot of questions on the form, do I have to fill them all out? No, only the first few questions are required. Fill out the questions that speak to you, and enjoy. This is supposed to be enjoyable, not stressful! 

I noticed something about a Book Circle in one of the questions, is this up and running? We are in the process of organizing an asynchronous virtual book club, and we are looking for recommended titles. Check back at the DEN blogs for more information soon. 

I’m ready to get started. What do I do? Yay! Just fill out the form below and check back for the monthly aggregation of shared ideas!



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  4. Paula Naugle said:

    Thanks for putting this together Kelly. I have added two suggestions to the list. Looking forward to some great reading this summer. Drive by Daniel Pink is one of my favorites. I also like Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner.

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