THEME #5 of Post Series on Humanizing Brand Storytelling
A brand’s story is comprised of many elements, phases, and characters. One of the most important being the leadership story of a brand. The rise of social networks has played an important role in bringing the stories of great brands, and the leaders behind these great brands, to life. Social networks have democratized communication between business and people, as well as the conversation regarding leadership. Through social networks, anyone can connect to the inspiring words and shared wisdom of leaders everywhere. Conversely, leaders themselves have access to unlimited sources of inspiration to fuel their vision. Social networks have also redefined how we perceive leaders – and in the process, elevated our expectations. Today, it takes far more than the respect for a title, or recognition of authority, to earn the support and trust of followers. People look for reasons TO BELIEVE in the vision of one potential leader over that of another. When these reasons are grounded in humanizing leadership traits that transcend policy or promise – people can then connect emotionally to a bigger, and unify ideal and story.