The organizational story as leadership

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Title The organizational story as leadership
Author Parry, Kenneth William; Hansen, Hans
Journal Name Leadership
Editor David Collinson and Keith Grint
Year Published 2007
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications Ltd.
Abstract Leaders are often noted for providing a compelling vision that inspires followers to act to fulfill the vision, often by telling stories. Here, we begin a separation of the notion of 'leader as person' from the notion of leadership as the discourse that represents such a vision. We transcend the notion that leaders tell stories, to the proposition that stories themselves operate like leaders. We suggest that people follow the story as much as they follow the storyteller or author, hence the story becomes the leader. In discussing the characteristics that stories share with leadership, we generate two propositions. First, within the context of organizational development, leadership development can move from 'people' development to the development of the narratives that resonate within organizations. Second, we decouple leader as person or position, from leadership as process in order to illustrate stories as leaders. We conclude with specific messages that individuals can take away.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://lea.sagepub.com/
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1742715007079309
Volume 3
Issue Number 3
Page from 281
Page to 300
ISSN 1742-7150
Date Accessioned 2007-10-19
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Business and Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/15648
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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