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Leading So People Will Follow by Erika Andersen

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TWO

Firesides and Folktales

Once upon a time … 

Even now, as adults, there’s something in most of us that perks up and starts to listen when we hear those words. We love stories. And stories have always served important functions for us. They bring us together and reinforce our sense of community. They engage, amuse, enthrall, and titillate. And they teach: throughout history, before most people could read and write, stories, told by firesides and in village gatherings, were the mechanism by which we handed down laws and values, religions and taboos, knowledge and wisdom.

Think of stories as the cultural DNA of a preliterate society. The stories of a group of people provided a map that, if followed, would guide someone to be a successful member ...

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