Stories are fundamental to human character. Leaders use stories to spark attention and get people to follow their lead. John Baldoni believes that stories can be powerful tools to help us understand who we are and what we can achieve. Stories enrich the work life experience in ways that enable us to illuminate our character and gain insight into the world in which we live.
John uses stories of great men and women to draw parallels with the way people who came before us dealt with the challenges evoked by economic, social, political and technological change.
Among the greats that John often cites are George Washington for authenticity, Abraham Lincoln for character, Winston Churchill for courage, Mother Theresa for grace, Thich Nhat Hanh for humility, Crazy Horse for sacrifice, Earnest Shackleton for perseverance, Bill Veeck for sense of fun, Ronald Reagan for charisma, and Franklin Roosevelt for persistence.
Using stories, leaders can frame a current experience through the prism of context and character. Good storytellers use context to set up the story and characters to drive the story. Storytellers also make lessons come alive in ways that audiences remember. Sometimes good stories can provoke individuals re-examine their circumstances and consider making changes that benefit the team as well as themselves.
John Baldoni speaks to the nature of personal leadership and how leaders achieve INSPIRED results by developing the talents and skills of others. John’s keynotes and workshops on communications, motivation and leadership combine real-world experience with hands-on practice. By relating real-life stories, often with humor, John is able to create leadership lessons that are actionable as well as inspirational.