The secret language of leadership: How leaders inspire action through narrative

(2008) Book Review of “Denning, S. (2007). The secret language of leadership: How leaders inspire action through narrative.” San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. 279 pp. ISBN 978-0-7879-8789-3. Published in Journal of leadership Studies, 2(3), 73-75.

Abstract: 

Denning, S. (2007). The secret language of leadership: How
leaders inspire action through narrative. San Francisco, CA:
Jossey-Bass. 279 pp. ISBN: 978-0-7879-8789-3, $27.95
(Hardcover)
Any book review is a narrative about a narrative. Indeed any
conversation about this book, including this review, will reconstitute
and continue a narrative. Human societies live
meaning-making lives through narrative. We make sense of
our world, who our friends and enemies might be, whom we
love and even with whom choose to go to war through the
stories we create. Stephen Denning continues his string of
books on this increasingly relevant subject of narrative with
perhaps his most potent version yet, The Secret language of
Leadership. The book has been well received among critics
and has won broad acclaims, such as reaching Number 2 on
the Forbes best business book list of 2007.

Publication Type: 
Miscellaneous
Authors: 
Kortens, A.
Year of Publication: 
2008
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Journal of leadership Studies,
Publisher: 
Wiley
DOI: 
DOI:10.1002/jls.20076

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