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Lessons from the Top: How successful leaders tell stories to get ahead - and stay there by Gavin Esler

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Lessons from the Top – Sixteen Tips from the Top

I want to end with a summary of the tips which I find most striking and useful when considering successful leaders. I hope they will remind you of the observations in this book and help guide any reader, or any leader, to create a story about themselves, their organisation and their purpose, a story which seems right for the times.

1. Engage your listeners. It does not matter how you do it, so long as you do it.

2. Every leader tells a leadership story in three parts: ‘Who Am I?’ ‘Who Are We?’ and ‘What is our Common Purpose?’ You must learn to answer the ‘Who Am I?’ question adequately, or the others do not matter.

3. Remember the Earwig. All successful leaders create their own memorable way of ...

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