Stories and leadership share a similar characteristic. Both stories and leadership point our minds, our hearts, and our imaginations to a picture of what should be. Stories and leadership point to a vision of human flourishing.
Stories and leadership both point to what we ultimately love.
Like a great story, myth, or legend, great leadership captures our imaginations, draws us in, makes us long from within to be part of drama and the ultimate conclusion.
Stories paint a picture of what the world should be like. And leadership does the same. Leadership points our minds and imaginations at what the world should be like. It points us to a vision of the “good life.”
A vision of the good life captures our hearts and imaginations not by providing a set of rules or ideas, but by painting a picture of what it looks like for us to flourish and live well. This is why pictures are communicated powerfully in stories, legends, myths, plays, novels, and films rather than dissertations, messages, and monographs. ~ James K.A. Smith || Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation
There is always a deeper meaning to stories and there is always a deeper meaning to our leadership. Stories and leadership point our hearts at something, they aim our love.
Jim Belcher says, that “Stories baptize the imagination.”
Stories bring a deeper learning and a deeper wisdom. Jesus used stories and parables for just this reason. Stories do what simple facts and information, which only shape our mind, cannot do. Stories shape us from within, from the heart and the soul. Stories create deeper learning for deeper wisdom.
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The telos to which our love is aimed is not a list of ideas or propositions or doctrines; it is not a list of abstract disembodied concepts or values. Rather, the reason that this vision of the good life moves us is because it is more affective, sensible, even aesthetic picture of what the good life looks like. ~ James K.A Smith
The great stories, fairy tales, and myths stirs our heart and the imagination. Great leaders and do the same. Great leadership pulls on our heart-strings and conjures images in our minds of what could and should be.
Story helps us connect ancient truths to our modern world. Leadership too, calls upon the ancient wisdom and timeless truths of this world.
Our ultimate love is oriented by and to a picture of what we think it looks like for us to live well, and that picture then governs, shapes, and motivates our decisions and actions. ~ James K.A. Smith
Great stories and great leadership points our heart, mind, soul, and strength at that which we should ultimately love– God and others. This is the picture of human flourishing.
Leadership is writing a story, because leadership is a story. It’s a story about people daring to do great things. It’s a story of people struggling, suffering, sacrificing, enduring, moving, acting, failing, and succeeding, and it captures our hearts and imaginations.
When we read great stories, we want to inhabit and be part of the story. So too, with great leadership, do we desire to be part of the story and play a part in the plot. We want to be part of the journey, the grand endeavor. Like a poet or an author, we long for leadership that will help us find meaning, beauty, drama, victory, and affirmation.
It is not primarily that our minds are captivated but rather our imaginations are that are captured, and when our imagination is hooked, we’re hooked… ~ James K.A. Smith || Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation
Like a story…leadership communicates a grand vision of what should be.
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