Chapter 14Great Leaders, Great Stories

As you think so shall you lead. Much of the literature on leadership, as well as courses and programs to develop leaders, focuses on the style, attributes, or actions of leaders. That makes sense, because we expect leaders to get things done. But thinking needs to precede action. Otherwise, action is a shot in the dark by mindless leaders who haven’t thought enough about why they are choosing one path or another. The quality of leaders’ thinking depends ultimately on the stories they tell. Drawing lessons from life experiences, all leaders weave stories over time that they carry with them wherever they go. Even though sometimes demeaned, “war stories” are the living literature, the lore of leadership. ...

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