Great Leaders Know How to Reframe a Story

What sets great leaders apart from everyone else? Their ability to reframe their point of view and tell different stories. That’s according to Lee Bolman, co-author of How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing.

“How does that work?” I ask, so he uses me as an example. He’s read my blog about my husband’s and my upcoming move to the Seattle area to support my husband’s music career. There are two ways of looking at this story, he says. “One story is that it’s good for him and a small price for you, part of two people’s long-term commitment to each other. That’s one version, but there’s another story about how you feel rooted and in love with Woodstock and so leaving comes with a tremendous sense of loss for you.”


The story you tell yourself and others can make all the difference.


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