We often assume that good looks and the advantages conferred by wealth fuel leaders’ rise to power. This was not the case with Abraham Lincoln. The man who would come to be known as one of the greatest US presidents came from a poor background and was known for his ill-fitting attire, lack o
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This is a longish article to read over the weekend -- and you'll be glad you did.
Written by Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at the University of California Berkeley and author of "The Power Of Paradox: How We Gain And Lose Influence", it's a fascinating piece on the relationship between storytelling, leadership, and power. Particularly the link between storytelling and healthy power or the abuse of power.
There's an entire discussion devoted to storytelling that is inclusive and storytelling that is divisive. In today's political climate, it's important to understand these points.
In addition, you'll learn about narratives of exceptionalism. All of these points play out in modern organizations, too. This would make a great conference panel discussion, BTW.
If you are a leader, or if you work with leaders, pay close attention to this article so you'll know what to avoid, and what to focus on.