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A great leader writes a new story: example

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One of my favorite Brazilian proverbs says “When we dream alone, it is just a dream. But when we dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality.”  My view of organizational storytelling is similar. When a leader has a vision for the future, it is only a vision. When the leader’s vision becomes a co-created story with the followers, it is the beginning of a new future.  If there is such a thing as a heroic leader, for me it is not someone who performs feats of bravado herself but rather someone who inspires others to share the dream, the vision of what we can accomplish together. Only when a new story of … Continue reading

The longterm impact of Steve Jobs?

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Much of my life for the past two decades has involved leaders and their personal and organizational storytelling. Consequently, one of my favorite quotes on leadership is from Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn: “A good leader brings results. A great leader writes a new story.” When I consider the achievements of Steve Jobs from this perspective, I wonder how history will judge his achievements at Apple.  It goes without saying that Jobs’ legacy will be that of a visionary who changed at least one industry, maybe even several. He was arguably more responsible than any other individual for shaping the way we interact with our electronic devices—personal computers, music players, cell phones, and perhaps soon … Continue reading

Heroes of modern leadership

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Every so often, probably a few times a year, I receive some sort of request to speak or write an article on a subject such as “heroes of modern leadership”. Coincidentally, this happened last week, just as I was preparing my post about Apple and the Hero Myth. Banco Galicia, an Argentine bank I work with, making speeches at their headquarters in Buenos Aires and writing for their website “Buenos Negocios”, proposed several topics for my next piece. One of them was about stories of heroism and leadership.  While I will certainly choose another theme from the list of suggested subjects for the article, their email did remind me once again how prevalent … Continue reading

Tim Cook, Steve Jobs, and the Hero Myth

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One of the subjects I have often spoken about for the past twenty years—in keynote addresses and corporate seminars—is “the myths and realities of leadership”. In these settings, I use the term myth to mean something that society persists in believing, in spite of the fact that it is clearly not true.  For example, one of our common misconceptions is what I call the Hero Myth, a tendency to see transformational leaders as larger-than-life figures capable of “changing the weather”, as Winston Churchill said his ancestor John Churchill could. We want to turn them into icons, astonishing individuals with prodigious capabilities. They influence their worlds in far-reaching and enduring ways, by virtue of amazing vision, inspirational … Continue reading

Four things most effective leaders do on a continuous basis

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It seems that whenever I talk to an audience about how managers at any level of an organization can use personal stories of identity to inspire their teams and influence their worlds, someone asks a variation of this question: “Can you just give us a few quick tips or clues about how to get started and do this?”  Of course, this is a logical and legitimate query. Nonetheless, it is one that I find tricky, because there simply is no adequate concise answer. What I invariably end up explaining is that my methods for helping people and groups work on this type of storytelling cannot be reduced to systematic procedures or “recipe” that one can … Continue reading

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