Why Focus on Your Leadership Story

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The following is a short book preview about your leadership story by the Ohio State University Leadership Center.

Your Leadership Story: Use Your Story to Energize, Inspire and Motivate
Tim Tobin, Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers (2015)

“You are the actor, writer, and director of your leadership story. You act in the moment, initiate ideas, provide a bigger view, and allow for ideas and creativity. Understanding and communicating your leadership story can be quite powerful. It provides clarity around what you stand for as a leader. It keeps alive the people, values, and life lessons that you hold dear. It gives you the power of influence and authenticity by allowing you to match your words and your actions. It allows you to build trust. Trust leads to credibility.

By helping you to understand what has shaped you as a leader, your leadership story can make the strong emotional connection that is necessary to inspire and motivate others. It can also be a useful tool with which to impart knowledge and lessons to others – to help them learn from the experiences that have shaped your leadership story. And it provides you and others with insights into what you hold important as a leader (p. 16).”

Your Leadership Story is available from the OSU Leadership Center.


Learn how the Ohio State University Leadership Center is inspiring others to take a leadership role that empowers the world at the OSU Leadership Center website.

Jim Canterucci

I don't know everything. But I want to. The focus of our firm, Transition Management Advisors, is to develop leadership capabilities to create a championship culture, generate innovation, and successfully lead the resulting changes.

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