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The ability to tell stories can be an important leadership attribute and skill to master in order to be an effective leader (Baldoni, 2003; Denning, 2004; Kouzes & Posner, 2012). Storytelling is a central component of effective communication for student leaders and a skill to master for future leadership success. This session addresses active learning, group discussion and reflective practice as a way to teach storytelling as a leadership skill. In this workshop, leadership faculty will demonstrate three brief interactive teaching activities designed to help students understand how to develop stories, identity situations in which to tell stories, and also practice the art of leadership storytelling. Participants will leave with multiple pedagogical methods to teach storytelling as a leadership skill to students in leadership education programs. Participants that attend the session will also have a chance to practice their own storytelling skills.


Presented at the Association of Leadership Educators Conference in Washington, D.C. in July 2015.

This paper was also included in the Annual Conference Proceedings.

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