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The Power of Stories in Leadership Development

Paul Yost and Jillian McLellan

Seattle Pacific University

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THE FOLLOWING EXPERIENCE illustrates the power of stories in leadership development work:

At Boeing, I (Paul) was part of a leadership initiative that followed the ongoing development of 120 executive, mid-level and first-level leaders in the company. We were interested in identifying the key experiences in their development and what they were doing to build their leadership skills over time. Three months into the project I made my first presentation of the results to senior leaders in the company. I began with a slide that captured the ...

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