Telling the Story: The Heart and Soul of Successful Leadership

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How to master the art of narrative leadership

Telling the Story shows how leaders affect our understandingof what is possible and desirable through the stories they tell. Itopens a door into the world of narrative leadership: what storiesare and how they work; when to tell a story and how to tell onewell; and how the language and metaphors we use influence ouractions and change how we think about the world.

· Explains how narrative leadership shapes and defineswhat’s possible on an organizational level

· Written by a renowned consultant on the art of narrativeleadership

· Challenges leaders to consider how narrative can influenceand help create the kind of society they envision

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"Mead's book makes me feel hopeful and inspired about the future,and my own role in helping to shape it.  His grounded,practical wisdom reminds us that stories have always been the wayforward for humanity, and it is time for us to take more concertedaction to counter the dominating master narrative of our mostrecent history. You will find his words a balm for the soul,evoking a meaningful walk in the woods with a wise elder."
—Doug Paxton, Faculty and Co-Director of the LeadershipCenter, Saint Mary's College of California

"The title of this book says it all, this is a heart-felt andsoul-full book taking us on a journey where we can discoverourselves and achieve leadership success. It is only by finding andacknowledging our authentic truth that we can inspire others tofollow. If you want to find out what it takes to be an inspiringand successful leader, step into this world of story."
—Jacob Tas, Executive Director of Operations, Action forChildren

"In many spheres of my life, I have learnt that getting thebasics right is the platform on which success is built. Geoff'sbook turns the spotlight on one of the basic activities of leadersand leadership teams - that of storytelling. The bookcomprehensively covers the theoretical and practical aspectsof storytelling. The case studies and associated experiences ofother leaders provide rich detail and inspiration. The book is acatalyst for self-improvement which in turn produces betterorganizational outcomes and a more successful future."
—Sir David Varney, Formerly-Chairman O2, CEO BG,Commissioner HMRC

"This is surely a 'must read' for anyone in a leadership role(which is pretty much everybody!). Geoff's ability to explainnarrative leadership is unsurpassed and his passion forstorytelling comes through loud and clear in his writing.Understanding and using narrative has completely transformed myapproach to leading an organization and influencing others withgreat success.

Telling the Story will inspire you and equip you to useyour inherent storytelling ability to influence those around you ina powerful and memorable way. I could not recommend this book morehighly!"
—Libby Hackett, Chief Executive, UniversityAlliance

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Telling the Story opens a door into the world of narrativeleadership, showing how leaders affect our understanding of what ispossible and desirable through the stories they tell and embody.

This book will help executives, managers and concerned citizensto identify what stories are and how they work; when to tell astory and how to tell one well. It offers a challenge to considerthe purposes behind our stories: what are we leading for? It willhelp practitioners identify their own authentic story and use thisto lead convincingly.

Using tips, exercises and examples, Telling the Storywill help leaders build on their own current practices using thevital art of narrative leadership.  

This book is both practical and thought-provoking, to encourageleaders to consider the big stories of our time and how we can useour own stories to create and take responsibility for the kind offuture we want.

"Geoff Mead is a master of both the theory and practice ofnarrative leadership. Telling the Story is refreshing in itsfrankness and insight. It left me feeling challenged, energized andinspired to think about the stories I want to live and tell throughmy own leadership. Wonderful reading for anyone who wants toenhance their positive impact on the world."
—Lindsay Levin, Founder and Managing Partner, Leaders'Quest

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