What do good leaders do? Leaders Tell Stories
Stories have a significant impact on our lives. Our memory consists of lots of stories. When we talk about things we remember they are usually in the form of a story. We primarily communicate through stories.
What do good leaders do? They tell stories of course. Stories captivate people and can be powerfully effective.
You have probably had the experience of being in a workshop where a trainer is lecturing about various facts and concepts. But as soon as she begins to tell a story, she draws you in. That is why you are finding, for example, more leadership books written in the context of a story.
Great leaders whether they lead in business, home, church or anywhere else can benefit from telling compelling stories and doing so frequently.
Stories can be drawn from many facets of life. All a leader has to do is start looking for them.
Here are three suggestions:
1. Think of your life experiences. We all have them. There are stories there. If you have read my blog you know this a primary source I draw from all the time.
Jot you life experiences down. For each story; categorize it by a subject such as reaching goals, overcoming adversity, bad customer service etc… Put them in a file by category.
2. Tell stories that have already been told. Do a quick search on the internet and you will find thousands. Or as you read books, newspapers or magazines mark or clip out stories that impress you. Categorize and file them as explained above.
3. Collect fables. Aesop Fables are a great place to start. You will notice I have used several of these fables in my blogging. A quick search on the Internet will yield a valuable return.
So, again, what do good leaders do? Leaders tell stories of course. Look for a future post on how to be more effective in telling stories.
What are some ways that stories have impacted you through your life? We would love to hear your comments below. Thanks!
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