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ERIC Number: EJ901681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6297
Cultural Relational Leaders: Unraveling, Understanding, and Utilizing Narratives in Leadership Practice
Block, Betty A.
Quest, v62 n3 p250-259 Aug 2010
The arguments for using narratives to organize one's leadership practice are helpful in that they justify and organize many of the activities that go into the leader's professional and personal life. This paper explores the complex nature of narratives in a professional setting and the manner in which leaders can use the therapeutic methodology of cultural relational psychology to address multiple meanings embedded in narratives. People narrate their own subjective and embodied realities and reveal themselves metaphorically and symbolically through the stories they tell. The author outlines methods that leaders can use in the context of giving and sharing narratives; including empathic attunement, contextualization, relationship authenticity, using conflicts and tensions to make relationships stronger, understanding why people feel disconnected or disempowered, and honoring individual differences. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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