‘I Wanna Tell You a Story’: Leaders as Storytellers

Peter Bates (National Development Team and Visiting Research Fellow, Faculty of Health, Staffordshire University)
Peter Gilbert (Social Work and Spirituality and NIMHE Project Lead, Spirituality and Mental Health)

International Journal of Leadership in Public Services

ISSN: 1747-9886

Publication date: 1 August 2008


The authors explore the concept of leaders as storytellers and suggest that this approach to leadership is helpful as a way of communicating effectively with people. The authors conclude that story skills are also helpful for people with mental health problems to create their own recovery stories, frontline staff designing their professional development and leaders negotiating organisational change.



Bates, P. and Gilbert, P. (2008), "‘I Wanna Tell You a Story’: Leaders as Storytellers", International Journal of Leadership in Public Services, Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 4-9. https://doi.org/10.1108/17479886200800018



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