Leadership Resources

Leadership Resources from the Carlson Executive MBA Program

Personal Stories That Move Hearts and Minds

This Forbes article outlines three elements that allow leaders to inspire others through personal stories. Key #1 – Inciting incident: stories that are in the form of a challenge or struggle are irresistible and feed the human mind’s desire to hear of triumph over adversity. Key #2 – Personal Transformation: great story shows how and incident transforms the subject life and becomes a better person as a result of the struggle.   Key #3 – Life Lessons: force the listener to reflect on their own life and connect with the stories lessons of struggle, failure, or hardship.