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Complexity, Leadership and storytelling

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"Yet while political organisations have always been a rich fund of colourful stories (who’s up, who’s down, who’s in and who’s out) and powerful visions (I have a dream …) this is excluded from the traditional account of managerial leadership. Our research highlights the distinctive ways in which storytelling serves strategic purposes for chief executives’ leadership behaviour. This short article outlines some of our headline findings and argues that storytelling should be recognised as central to the ways in which local authority chief executives act as leaders."

 

 

This essay outlines some of our headline findings and argues that storytelling should be recognised as central to the ways in which local authority chief executives act as leaders. We confined our findings to three main areas: The ways in which chief executives use stories to:

 

- persuade and to construct meaning for others;

- establish credentials and join the group;

- build relationships and learn from others in the group.

 

“Science, once the great explicator, garbles life with complexity and perplexity. Who can listen without cynicism to economists, sociologists, politicians? Religion, for many, has become an empty ritual that masks hypocrisy. As our faith in traditional ideologies diminishes we turn to the source we still believe in: the art of the story.” Robert McKee, screenwriter


Via Dr. Karen Dietz, WorldsView Academy
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 11, 2013 12:02 PM

Good science is a mix of philosophy, storytelling, and observations of the world we live in.

Beth Robinson's curator insight, July 12, 2013 10:15 PM

Stories are a good way to get people from different backgrounds relating to the same set of circumstances and can provide a touchpoint for discussing their different needs.

Dr. Karen Dietz's comment, July 24, 2013 1:23 PM
Ivon and Beth -- good points! Thanks for sharing.
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