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Three Magic Books Kagame Recommends

Being President of a country may not sound a simple thing but nearly everyone would want to get an insight into  what inspires persons holding this top office.

For President Paul Kagame, there are three books he has read deeply and considers them very important and worth sharing.

One of these books is titled “How Will You Measure Your Life” by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon.

This author, Harvard Business School Professor Clayton M. Christensen tackles questioned of how to live a happy, meaningful, purpose-filled life.

According to his presentation life is not just about career ambitions but about what you hope for your life. He extends that conversation in this highly engaging and intensely revealing work, distilling lessons learned from studying businesses over the course of a multidecade academic career and spinning them into deeply personal wisdom.

This book which President Kagame has also flipped from page to page will get you on your way to focusing your energy and critical thinking on a work-life balance that is both satisfying and rewarding.

A President definitely faces several challenges on a daily basis managing people and this basically wears him out. He should therefore have the ability to identify and manage his own emotions and the emotions of others – this is known as emotional Intelligence.

Kagame recommends another book; Emotional Intelligence(Working with Emotional Intelligence) by Daniel Goleman.

Dan Goleman also a science journalist has since 1990 popularized the concept of emotional intelligence which has now become a household phrase, accepted widely as key to personal and professional growth.

Reading through Goleman’s book, you will gain the capability to recognize your own emotions and those of others discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviour, and manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve one’s goals.

President Kagame would of course be interested in why Asia is on a super trajectory rising against odds and the Asian story would be of importance for Rwanda.

In the book Thunder from the East, the authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn explore why the economic crisis in Asia was the best thing that happened to this part of the world. Their reasoning would leave any reader tantalized.

They argue that the economic crisis destroyed the cronyism, protectionism, and government regulation that had been crippling Asian business for decades, and it left in its wake a vast region of resilient and determined millions poised to wrest economic, diplomatic and military power from the West.

Thunder from the East is a riveting look at a complex region, a fascinating panoply of compelling characters, and a prophetic analysis from arguably the West’s most informed and intelligent writers on Asia.

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