Part 5Symbolic Leadership

Symbolic leaders see an ambiguous world in which meaning is created rather than given. They follow a consistent set of scripts and rituals to take advantage of the interpretive opportunities and challenges they encounter.

  • They lead by example.
  • They use symbols to unite and inspire followers.
  • They interpret experience.
  • They develop and communicate a hopeful vision.
  • They tell stories.
  • They convene rituals and ceremonies.
  • They respect and use history.

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