“And Bang! I hit my face on the computer”, my two-year old niece said as she told me the story about how she got a large bruise on her cheek.
I looked over at my brother, and he explained that she had added the Bang! into her story the other day. She kept it because people loved it.
Leaders use stories to transmit values, share knowledge, foster team work, express vision initiate action, and to model behaviour. They are important tools for leaders, as they enable us to provide concrete expressions of very abstract ideas. Stories also allow us to engage with the members of our group in a more personal way.
Stories need to have a purpose. We don’t tell stories in a leadership context for fun or entertainment. We can’t be self-centred when telling stories. If the story is just about you and doesn’t add anything to the organization, then it’s just about having an audience.
Great stories have peaks and valleys, highs and lows. Great stories get the audience to go along for the ride. And hopefully, they will go along for your organizational ride. Great stories have a “Bang” somewhere along the way. Something that makes you laugh, gasp or cry. That gets you to believe in the purpose of the story.