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5 Habit Great Leaders Have & How Storytelling Fits In

5 Habit Great Leaders Have & How Storytelling Fits In | Leadership | Scoop.it
The secret to leadership is there aren’t any real secrets. The best leaders have simply gone to school on improving their tradecraft.

Via Dr. Karen Dietz
Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 23, 2013 6:53 PM

I read lots of leadership articles and obviously, I alos read lots of biz storytelling articles. When the 2 topics converge it is often more about how leaders can use stories in their work.

That's helpful and this article is a bit different. For one, it never mentions storytelling. So why the heck did I curate it?

Because the article does talk about the inner life of a leader -- how they need to be aware and present -- and the habits therein that lead to greater success. And when experts talk about 'executive presence' the habits mentioned in this article are the underpinings.

So as I read this piece I automatically started to think about how storytelling links in. My conclusion? Storytelling is the vehicle for each of the 5 points made.

When the author Mike Myatt talks about the 5 habits (he calls them Transitions), here is how I connect storytelling:

  1. Find Purpose -- common purpose, shared values, and vision are found and conveyed through stories. Ignore stories and you won't get very far.
  2. People First -- using appreciative guidelines for listening for and evoking stories, and then appreciating what was heard has tremendous power and brings servant leadership forward.
  3. Develop Awareness -- if you are listening deeply to your own stories and to the stories of others, both personal awareness and awareness about others increases signficiantly. Stories are your best Gurus and learning vehicles about yourself and others.
  4. Shun Complexity -- stories can make complex topics simple. Master the art of storytelling to better deal with complexity.
  5. Get Personal -- stories build empathy, kindness and compassion if approached right and handled well.

Make sense? I hope so :)

What are your thoughts about storytelling and leadership that came to you as you read this article?

This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storyelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it 

Rebecca Ashley Martinez's curator insight, June 25, 2013 4:12 PM

Great article by Mike a must read for every business owner about leadership.

Dr. Karen Dietz's comment, June 29, 2013 8:03 PM
Thank you Rebecca. I'm glad you like the article!
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