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What motivational stories tell you about leaders


An info-graphic to help you to select leaders for a change or project.

Before we select people to lead projects or changes, we need to ensure they have the belief system that will help them overcome obstacles and achieve results.

We need to understand the stories that drive their belief systems.

Whether we are dealing with strategies, projects, changing a culture, structure or system, or working with performance management, performance improvement or innovation, we are working with challenges. We are creating a story about success.

When we select leaders, project leaders, steering committees or change agents to work on projects, we need to consider whether they have the belief system that will ensure they are able to lead others on a journey to success.

The motivational stories that inspire both leaders and team members, are reflected in their beliefs about what it takes to succeed at anything, and how they deal with obstacles.

In our blog post on Motivational Stories, we analysed two contrasting fairy stories that guide our beliefs about the source of success.

That of a passive Cindarella whose life is changed by someone else, through an instant makeover. We contrast this with the story of an everyday hero, who develops his power through his own commitment, action, courage and perseverance. strategy

At the end of the blog, we asked a simple question. "Which is your story?"

The info-graphic in our public article shows the difference in beliefs between those who are guided by the Cindarella makeover story, and those who relate to the courage and perseverance of the hero's journey.

It is also an important predictor for how successful your change leaders and project managers are likely to be.

  • Those that follow a Cindarella story are less likely to persevere to the point of achieving results.
  • Those that follow a hero's journey story, are more likely to have the focus, resilience and perseverance to lead their teams to a successful result.

Use this info-graphic when selecting people to work on projects or change.

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