Significance Of Storytelling In Leadership   Leave a comment

The story becomes more significant for Burns and Martin (2010) in, “Examination Of The Effectiveness Of Male And Female Educational Leaders Who Made Use Of The Invitational Leadership Style Of Leadership” by making a connection through communicating and invitational messaging to a follower. It is here that beliefs and personal values are shared in order to achieve a vision or goal set by the leader. According to Purkey and Siegel, “…attempted to blend leadership qualities, values, and principles when they developed the invitational leadership theory and model for inviting success from all interested stakeholders. (Burns and Martin, 2010, 31). Similarly, Dove and Freeley expressed, “Through the use of these leadership strategies, school administrators enabled teachers to implement the Model and share their vision for learning-styles instruction” (29).

Storytelling is significant in relation to leadership and is a social activity in which communication can teach/learn, share knowledge, discuss dilemmas/crises and solve problems as Medina commented, “Wenger extends this idea in saying that leadership is essentially a social activity and can best be learnt in “a community of practice”, where “engagement in social practice is the fundamental process by which we learn and so become who we are” (75).

Are lessons learned by leadership stories? Stories are made up from experiences and the past. Thompson, Thach, and Morelli discussed the ways the story becomes more apparent in relation to leadership by examining the past events and reported, “Each guideline is formed as the result of business scandals, public perception of ethical behavior, and overall historical events. Examples of these laws include the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, the Anti-Corruption Convention of 1997, and the 1991 United States Organizational Sentencing Guidelines (Berenbeim, 2006). Legal compliance directs leaders with principles designed to promote a healthy culture and encourage ethical and legal conduct (110). It is this text that most obviously makes the link to a story where lessons can be learned from the past.

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Burns, Gwen, and Barbara N. Martin. “Examination Of The Effectiveness Of Male And Female Educational Leaders Who Made Use Of The Invitational Leadership Style Of Leadership.” Journal Of Invitational Theory & Practice 16.(2010): 29-55. Academic Search Complete. Web. 29 Sept. 2012.

Dove, Maria G., and Mary Ellen Freeley. “The Effects Of Leadership On Innovative Program Implementation.” Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin 77.3 (2011): 25-32. Academic Search Complete. Web. 30 Sept. 2012.

Medina, Marc. “Leadership And The Process Of Becoming.” Existential Analysis: Journal Of The Society For Existential Analysis 22.1 (2011): 70-82. Academic Search Complete. Web. 30 Sept. 2012.

Thompson, Karen J., Elizabeth C. Thach, and Melissa Morelli. “Implementing Ethical Leadership: Current Challenges And Solutions.” Insights To A Changing World Journal 4 (2010): 107-130. Academic Search Complete. Web. 1 Oct. 2012.



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