+ Build your brand?
+ Become a storyteller?
+ Strengthen your network?
+ Hone your executive presence?
Plato observed something similar over 2000 years ago when he identified the most important yet nuanced foundation of leadership. What do followers and peers seek from a leader? They look for a person whose very presence brings an ambience of cool, calm, composed sense of control. A person who stands like a rock in the midst of chaos, someone whom the rest look towards to provide direction and stability. That – is the true hallmark of leadership.
Projection of their Leadership quotient has always been a challenge even for competent leaders because almost all formal and informal education systems lay great emphasis on imparting knowledge – but very little on ‘radiating’ that onto followers or peers. Highly capable leaders are unable to project their competence because of this constraint. Worse, they rely on charts, statistics and numbers to compel, persuade and inspire! Unsurprisingly - they usually fail.
Story telling is the bedrock of building relationships, making people care and creating teams. Teams rally around an inspirational purpose, not an antiseptic mission statement. Story telling breaks down barriers, fosters camaraderie and respect for different viewpoints – all essentials of great teams. Patriotism, regimentation, company spirit, passion for attaining seemingly impossible goals and a ‘can do attitude’ – all require the capability of storytelling.
Matter of fact, the ability to tell compelling stories is transformational. It can convert a reticent, introverted and under confident person into a high energy, charismatic and likeable leader. Many leaders resign themselves to an unnecessary back bench of life believing that this “Projection of Leadership” is an inborn trait.