The ability to engage, enthrall and captivate the imaginations of our listeners is an ability that any great leader should practice. All parents, politicians, salespeople, performers and spiritual leaders know the power of a great story.
It remains true across the board — for CEOs, salespeople, accountants, administrators, artists, doctors, cashiers, students — anyone who receives information daily through their senses and is tasked with integrating it into their attitude, outlook, strategy or worldview.
Kurt Vonnegut argued that “the shape of a given society’s stories is at least as interesting as the shape of its pots or spearheads.”
It’s just the right balance of tension and adventure combined with the non-threatening and nostalgic sounds you might find in your grandparents’ living room.
“Real leaders aren’t just fiery visionaries blazing a new trail, they are also masters of self–immolation, burning themselves down and being reborn from the ashes on a daily basis.”
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