In the transformational leadership model, we learn how important it is for a leader to articulate his or her vision to others. One way of doing that is through personal stories. The stories should involve lessons you have learned about YOURSELF, about other people, about leadership, or about life in general. Some questions to prompt reflection and recognition:
· What people have had a significant impact on your life and why?
· What hardships have you faced and overcome?
· What are the greatest blessings in your life?
· What do you really, really believe?
· What ideas make your heart skip a beat?
· What do you know about life now that you wish you had known in high school?
· What is the one best piece of advice you could give to a person?
· What life lesson would you like to pass on to your children some day?
· If you only had one year left to live, how would you spend it?
Think beyond clichés (e.g., Love makes the world go round) to insights that are unique to you. How might others benefit from hearing your stories? How do the stories point to your vision as a leader?