Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A qualitative study of community leader storytelling: Purpose, setting, and mode
by Ward, Stanley J., Ph.D., Dallas Baptist University, 2013, 180; 3607680
Abstract (Summary)

This qualitative case study described how community leaders in one East Texas community use storytelling as a leadership tool. Research questions included purpose, setting, mode, as well as possible distinctions between storytelling in for-profit and non-profit settings. The researcher interviewed six community leaders associated with an East Texas Chamber of Commerce and their direct reports, while also examining artifacts. Described purposes included education, relationship-building, and inspiration. Participants also described coaching and counseling as possible settings for stories and the importance of audience and time. Storytelling modes included oral, written, image-supported, and as a facilitation of followers’ stories. Distinctives related to for-profit or non-profit status included issues of fund-raising, concerns about manipulation, and the use of storytelling from for-profit leaders in non-profit settings. The researcher suggested the study implied the positive possibilities of storytelling as a leadership tool, but also raised ethical concerns. Another result was an observation of connections between story-facilitation and transformational leadership factors. Recommendations were made for both leadership practitioners and leadership researchers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hedin, Norma S.
Commitee: Conner, Charlene, Gregory, Rick
School: Dallas Baptist University
Department: Gary Cook Graduate School of Leadership
School Location: United States -- Texas
Source: DAI-A 75/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Communication
Keywords: Case study, Community leaders, For-profit, Leadership, Nonprofit, Qualitative, Storytelling
Publication Number: 3607680
ISBN: 978-1-303-65330-8
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