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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 Presence: Use Stories to Connect Head and Heart

If you want to build strong leadership presence, pay attention to the stories you share. Have you ever noticed what happens in a conference room full of people when the speaker starts telling stories? People sit up and lean in toward the speaker. They put down their smart phones, stop texting and start to pay […]
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Executive Presence: Stronger with Leadership Storytelling

Some executives have a knack for telling stories that explain a concept in vivid terms and inspire actions. If you don’t have that natural talent, you can increase your executive presence when you learn to use stories in a way that’s effective. Here’s why it’s so important. The art of storytelling is a key element […]
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4 Questions about Your Leadership Stories

In my previous posts, I’ve been reviewing the importance of leadership development through the refinement of leadership stories of adversity, often called crucibles. Leaders become transformed; they’re more authentic when they teach others through the hard lessons they’ve learned. Leaders often begin their careers with a strong drive to achieve and succeed. They focus on […]
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8 Questions to Gain Self-Awareness
through Leadership Crucibles

How can you gain self-awareness and discover the nuggets of wisdom contained in your leadership crucibles? How do you grow from adversity? It’s almost impossible to take stock of yourself and gain self-awareness without guidance from a trusted friend, mentor or coach. To be truly self-aware, you need someone to hold a mirror so you […]
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How to Find Good Leadership Stories

There are many ways to find good leadership stories. One way is to pick a challenge or lesson you want to teach through story. Then, match the story to the objective. In today’s Internet and LinkedIn world, there are many ways to search for good leadership stories and common leadership challenges. Make a list of […]
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5 Keys to Telling Leadership Stories that Sizzle

The most effective way to influence people is through telling good leadership stories that create emotional connection. Most executives and managers know this, but few find it easy to create a story that works. Use plain, simple and direct language when telling a leadership story so its moral point can shine through. You don’t want […]
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Leadership Stories that Come Alive

In most leadership stories, there are five key elements that make a story effective, according to authors Richard Maxwell and Robert Dickman in The Elements of Persuasion: Use Storytelling to Pitch Better, Sell Faster & Win More Business (HarperBusiness, 2007): Passion (the enthusiasm and energy with which you tell the story). A relatable hero who […]
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Leadership Styles: Creating a “Miracle”

Leadership styles in action: I was drawn into a sports movie on TV last night about the 1980 Olympic victory in ice hockey of Team USA over the Soviets. “Miracle” is the story of a group of ragtag college players who were shaped by a hard-driving coach, Herb Brooks. Coach Brooks is played by Kurt […]
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Debunking 3 Myths of Success

If you’re like me, you grew up with several false ideas about what it takes to achieve success and peak performance. It wasn’t anybody’s fault, really, it’s just what we thought was true then simply didn’t pan out. For example, in school everyone was told IQ predicts success. Those with the highest IQ scores were […]
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