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Leadership Stories: How Personal Should You Be?

Just how personal should you be when you craft a leadership story designed to persuade people? I guess it depends on your audience… or does it? I’ve known keynote speakers who use stories of a parent’s death or illness to make a dramatic point and get their audience emotionally engaged. Sometimes it comes across as […]
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Leadership Stories: Buried Treasures

I’ve seen this many times in the work I do as a coach: Someone shares their leadership story, but it’s a watered down version. Mistakes are minimized. Success is underlined. I suggest that when leaders do this, they aren’t harnessing their full story to its teaching potential. It’s inherently difficult for us to reflect on […]
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In Search of Leadership Gold

One thing I’ve seen extraordinary leaders do is teach others through their own leadership stories of transformation. Some leaders do this well; others end up sounding pedantic or – worse – ego-centric. I believe one of the untapped resources a leader has for teaching others valuable lessons is his or her life story and the […]
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How to Craft a Good Leadership Story

The most effective way to influence people is through telling a good leadership story that creates emotional buy-in. Most executives and managers know this, but few find it easy to craft a business story that works. Daphne A. Jameson, a professor of management communication at Cornell University, has researched how language is used in business […]
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