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Driving the Narrative: Storytelling as a Leadership Competency

Ended Nov 10, 2022

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Full course description

No one remembers a Powerpoint.
Everyone remembers the story you tell…and how they felt when you told it.

Research in the last two decades continues to point to storytelling as a necessary and increasingly important leadership competency. With the current relentless, erratic nature of change at work, high levels of disengagement, and escalating desire for meaning and conscious, ethical leadership from employees, it behooves us to find the way to articulate our vision and the path to that vision with impact. Story – the right one at the right time – does just that…and more.

Moreover, we know this: people will tell a story about our business or our team or our community whether we wish them to or not. We must be wise about this, choosing to harness that impulse to share perspectives by both crafting positive, motivating stories that address reality and the path forward, while recognizing the richness present in our organization(s) in the current moment.

This course is designed for executives, coaches, consultants, AI practitioners and anyone who seeks to develop mastery in the art and science of telling a compelling anecdote, one that drives forward your impactful narratives.

  • Define and Categorize Crucial Elements to a Successful Story
  • Understand the Value of Storytelling to Activate Authentic, Positive Leadership
  • Understand the Value of Story to the Growth of Teams, Organizations
  • Practice Storytelling and Receive FeedForward and Feedback
  • Reduce Anxiety, Fear Around Storytelling while Building Mastery

Course Format

Participants will generally meet via zoom and complete all other assignments asynchronously. The four sessions are Monday-Thursday November 7th-10th from 7-8:30 pm ET.


"This course surpassed my expectations on every level. Maria generously shared her wisdom with gentle kindness and her support for each of us was amazing. The content was practical and I was able to apply her strategies and advice immediately. This course has truly made a difference and I can’t thank Maria enough."

“Maria, and her teaching, is a priceless gift”

"Driving the Narrative is a unique opportunity to learn best practices and develop your skills as a high impact story teller. Maria Sirois is a master storyteller who shares her great expertise in an engaging and valuable way.   I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this experience and will recommend it to colleagues and friends."

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Maria Sirois

Maria Sirois

David L. Cooperrider Center for AI

Maria is a master teacher, facilitator and author. As a positive psychologist (Psy.D.) and international consultant, she focuses on the resilience of the human spirit when under pressure and/or during significant transition. Her work builds capacity and engagement around difficult moments using such moments to leverage sustained positive shifts in ability and perspective. As a speaker she has been called, "An orator of great power and beauty." Maria is a consultant with the Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at the Stiller School of Business, LeaderMom, and Wholebeing Institute, and is on faculty at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. She is also the author of two books: A Short Course in Happiness After Loss and Every Day Counts.