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Summer Reading for Professional and Personal Development

Summer Reading for Professional and Personal Development

After the fall and spring terms, summer can provide some time to reflect on the ways that your coursework in your online program applies to your professional development. We know that reading can inspire reflection, so UGA Online has selected four books which may provide ideas and inspiration for you.

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown

Brené Brown argues that courageous leaders who allow vulnerability in themselves and in others are essential to thriving work cultures. She outlines the skills and misconceptions that can help you lead your team with integrity and honesty, enhancing both your productivity and sense of community. Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work.

Think Again by Adam Grant

Wharton organizational psychologist Adam Grant challenges conventional thinking and encourages readers to embrace the power of rethinking their beliefs and assumptions. Grant explores the importance of intellectual humility, curiosity, and open-mindedness, offering practical advice on how to question, challenge, and refine our ideas. This thought-provoking book will inspire you to embrace a growth mindset and continuously seek new perspectives for personal and professional development.

Small Acts of Leadership by G. Shawn Hunter

For us to thrive instead of simply survive, Hunter argues that we need to adopt small, intentional behaviors to perform each day. From simply taking care of our rest and exercise to building our self-confidence and embracing challenges, author Shawn Hunter’s latest book Small Acts of Leadership will guide you through a series of incremental steps you can take to build a stronger version of yourself and make a broader impact in the world. With insightful anecdotes and actionable advice, Hunter empowers you to embrace leadership opportunities, no matter your current roles or circumstances.

The Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Why do we tend to remember the best and worst moments in our lives? Is there a way that teachers could harness the power of remembering moments to create an unforgettable lesson? How might a team member be able to create and participate in a moment that everyone remembers for years? This book examines how to create extraordinary experiences that transform ordinary moments into something meaningful and memorable.

While reading alone will let you finish books at your own pace, consider setting up Zoom chats with a friend or online classmate to discuss one chapter each week. The accountability and interaction can make reading a book over the summer more transformative and fun. Whether you read alone, with a friend, with a classmate, or with a book club, we wish you happy reading!