When Christopher Molina graduated high school in 2004, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He spent seven years on active duty before being honorably discharged in 2011 due to a leg injury.
After attending Purdue University and working in supply chain at John Deer, Molina has published a book on leadership, “I’m in a Leadership Role, Now What?” He has focused his efforts on public speaking and promoting his recently published book ever since.
Molina will give a brief presentation and conduct a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. April 13 at Turn the Page Books & Gifts, 149 N. Walnut St., Westfield.
Molina, a Westfield resident, said his book explores two main leadership challenges.
“The first problem I’m trying to solve is in college, whenever students look for advice on how to differentiate themselves, they are being told to seek leadership opportunities so they can put it on a resume, and it’ll help them land an interview,” he said. “The first problem with that is, nobody is telling these college students how to be leaders, so whenever they do get a leadership role, they start making bad habits. The second problem is when they graduate college and get into whatever industry they’re in, they start as an individual contributor and get to a supervisor role managing people, and that’s when they start finally learning about leadership, buying leadership books, going to leadership conferences, which is the worst way to become a better leader.
“It’s the same way an accountant doesn’t start learning how to be an accountant whenever they get their first accountant job.”
Molina said his book is intended to help college freshmen or sophomores learn how to lead before they are required to.
The book is available at amazon.com/dp/057847042X. The paperback version is $14.99 and the eBook version is $4.99. The paperback version will be available for $12.99 at the book signing.