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Leadership--Are you a storyteller or 'story doer?"

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Via Karen Dietz
Karen Dietz's curator insight, September 29, 2013 7:53 AM

Here is a terrific primer on leadership and storytelling that articulates the difference betwwen a leader who tells stories, and a leader who tells stories and moves people to action. And of course, it's the ability to move people to action with your stories that makes the diffeerence.

The author, Paul Mudd, discusses how leaders (read entrepreneurs, business owners and nonprofit directors) share stories to transmit knowledge, values, and life lessons. Of course, that means leaders need to be self-aware and comfortable sharing their personal stories. Mudd does a good job addressing this.

I remind people however that before a leader can tell tell tell stories, they have to earn the right to do so first. And that is not necessarily the priviledge of their position. Instead they need to cultivate the ability to listen to stories first, because listening is the first storytelling skill to master.

I just finished co-facilitating a leadership retreat with 56 women with friend and colleague Madelyn Blair. The entire 2-days we only use story-based tecniques and story listening as the foundation. The results are amazing and this is year 5 of deliving the retreat.

I hope Mudd tackles listening in an upcoming article. Until then, enjoy this piece that applies to us all. And check out the links to additional posts at the end of the article.

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at

Don Cloud's curator insight, September 29, 2013 4:45 PM

Are you a storyteller or story doer?  Interesting insights into the differences.

Andrea Norwood's comment, October 1, 2013 1:08 PM
I am a little of both, the story teller in me talks about the intelligent of the human spider and how they want to be accepted for who they are spiders and become equal among the humans. The story doer in me creates the materials from my stroy about the spider.
Rescooped by Hans Duchardt from Just Story It! Biz Storytelling!

Who’s the Hero in Your Business?

Who’s the Hero in Your Business? | Affiliate Network Marketing |
Many businesses are mediocre because they don't have the slightest desire to be heroic. They just want to get through the day, collect the money, and carry on w

Via Karen Dietz
Hans Duchardt's insight:

Don't we all know that feeling - and what are we doing about it to change this? If anything at all? 

John M. Holland's curator insight, September 4, 2013 2:46 PM
I don't usually "rescoop" content, but this is a terrific comment by Karen Dietz. Do you want to differentiate yourself in a professional service or other service industry. Learn the principle that you should think of others. For goodness sake, they usually are--and that's how you aid them in their efforts. This fits Realtors and other real estate affiliates by definition. Why? Without the real estate consumer, we don't exist. The agent does not exist without the principal. In fact, the word principal says it all: at its' root it means "first". The fundamental duty of all agents (real estate or other) is to put their principal first. Think about it . . .
Karen Dietz's comment, September 4, 2013 3:08 PM
Hey John! Many thanks for the comment and additional insights. Glad this post struck a nerve :) No matter what the profession, I always encourage people to evoke a story first ("Tell me about a time when...") and then deeply listen to the story being told. This is the best way to build empathy and learn what it is like to walk a mile in your customer's shoes. Realtor's have tremendous opportunities here that will build long lasting relationships.