It is not easy being a leader today when business life, technology, and marketplaces continue to rapidly change.
To increase one’s influence and executive presence, capture the hearts and minds of people, and enroll people in your vision, understanding the dynamics of stories and storytelling is becoming a critical core competence for leaders.
Story skills contribute organizational anchors and build resilience in meeting daily challenges.
Leadership is not only just a trait or a style or a skill or a situational tool. It is more than simply about motivation. It is not only about transactions or directives.
Transformational leadership is about the ability to demonstrate and convey strong values and ideas that inspire people to action ways that support the greatest good.
Transformational leaders are open to being changed by the process of leadership itself as well as changing others. It is being willing to be change by the stories one tells as well as the stories one hears.
The success of a transformational leader lies in their ability to understand and work with the narratives running through their organization and the stories they themselves share. It is the common thread running through all activities a transformational leader does to achieve significant results.
At Just Story It we work with leaders on all 9 points listed above through private coaching or through leadership development programs within your organization.
Here are some of our favorite resources that we use:
Brene Brown on on The Power of Vulnerability
Vulnerability, courage, authenticity and connection are all deeply involved in powerful leadership storytelling that engages. Watch Brene Brown model compelling storytelling and take notes on how she displays vulnerability without being sappy or condescending. And get a terrific education on how and why vulnerability is so important in story work. www.ted.com
Storytelling: The Secret Key To Leadership
I love this video really hammering home the message that the heart of leadership is all about storytelling from my colleague Steven Denning. In the video he notes that most leadership stories don’t work. The stories that most leaders tell are ineffective or even counterproductive. And he describes the four main characteristics of leadership stories that do work. Go watch this video now and up your leadership game! mybusinessmasala.blogspot.com