Every week during 2014 I look forward to sharing books that I am reading. The lens of the leadership process will be the filter for which I recommend books. Books are powerful vehicles for providing us with inspiration and new ideas.
On a Beam of Light: Story of Albert Einstein by Jennifer Berne, pictures by Vladimir Radusky
The first book I share with you is a picture book. Yes that is right, the kind of book you’d read to a small child. I selected this book because I recently listened to Walter Issacson’s biography of Albert Einstein and was fascinated by the story of his thought experiments and the power of his imagination to ponder huge concepts.
The picture book shines as a highly focused telling of Einstein’s life story that brings about a sense of his broad creativity for kids as well as adults. The title creates a vivid image of his famous thought experiment; an experiment carried out his mind to work out complex ideas. Einstein imagined chasing a light beam and it led him eventually to his theory of special relativity.
From a leadership perspective Einstein’s life is worth acknowledging. It is a strong example of a person having an idea or vision that others were not seeing. As he started to take action, he encountered failure when he wasn’t able to land a job teaching as he had envisioned. With this failure he could have just focused on his job at the patent office instead of taking the time and energy to write down his ideas and sharing them with other thinkers. Because he persisted even when people thought he was less than a genius, and kept learning and questioning, he eventually became known as a genius.
Even though the book is small, it is packed with information and additional resources for further study of Albert Einstein. It is also a fun one to share with a child. While you are at it, why not teach the child about the leadership process. One is never too young to get started.