[January 10, 2019] Tell a story and people will listen; give them a bunch of facts, and they will run away. The power of storytelling, especially for an experienced leader, is arguably one of the most effective means to communicate a message.
“Storytelling has a narcotic power.” – Robert Harris, a modern English novelist
The power of storytelling is in its infectiousness. Good leaders understand the draw of a good story, its intoxicating effect, and the embedded insights. Englishman Robert Harris, being a successful novelist, as expected understands this and thus his quote about the narcotic power of the story. Storytelling’s muscle is why popular movies, the theater, and great books all tell a convincing narrative.
Those leaders who are willing to learn the trade (or skill in the toolbox) and skill sets to tell a convincing storyline, succeed more often. Since the dawn of human thought, storytelling has been the most important method of transmitting meaning; sometimes the only method. Some psychologists today sometimes propose that storytelling might even be in our molecular makeup.
Storytelling is powerful. As humans, we know a lot of things intellectually, but we live on storytelling. The best stories last generations. The greatest stories last for thousands of years. Peer into writings of ancient religions to get a grasp of how they articulate to us a moral sense, justice, human frailty, honor, suffering and pain, and enlightenment.
As individuals, we all use storytelling. Maybe we are not aware of it or its power over others. But those of us who have advanced in the hierarchy of humanness, know that it works and works well. No other method has been invented to allow a sharing of experience and does so meaningfully and is unforgettable.
Storytelling is a tool that takes a prominent place in the leadership toolbox. Storytelling is a means of persuasion and can be the most effective aspect of one’s leadership style; like for U.S. President Abraham Lincoln who used it well.
Mastering authentic storytelling is a necessary trait for all leaders.
[Note:] I have a small mini-series on Leadership Toolboxes here at theLeaderMaker.com.
- The Template – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-the-template/
- Measures of Effectiveness – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-measures-of-effectiveness/
- The Reconnaissance – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-the-reconnaissance/
- Best Practices – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-best-practices/
- The Checklist – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-the-checklist/
- The Standup Meeting – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-the-standup-meeting/
- The SWOT Analysis – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-swot-analysis/
- The Planning Cell – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-planning-cell/
- Investigations – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-investigations/
- The Stand-down – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-stand/
- Rehearsals – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-rehearsals/
- After-Action Reviews – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-action-reviews/
- Terms of Reference – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-terms-reference/
- Leadership Conferences – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-leader-conferences/
- Targeted Indicators – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-indicators/
- Keeping Things Simple – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-keeping-things-simple/
- Leader Courses – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-leader-courses/
- Email and Texting – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-email-and-texting/
- Awards – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-awards/
- Personal Coaching – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-personal-coaching/
- Formal Evaluations – https://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-toolbox-formal-evaluations/