The Leader pp 135-151 | Cite as

Redemptive Narratives in the Life and the Presidency of George W. Bush

  • Dan P. McAdamsEmail author


In Leading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership, Howard Gardner writes: “Leaders achieve their effectiveness chiefly through the stories they relate.” Leaders express stories in the way they live their own lives, and they aim to evoke stories in the lives of those they lead. “The artful creation and articulation of stories constitutes a fundamental part of the leadership vocation,” Gardner claims. Further, “it is stories of identity—narratives that help individuals think about and feel who they are, where they come from, and where they are headed—that constitute the single most powerful weapon in the leader’s literary arsenal.”


Life Story Christian Faith Dispositional Trait Narrative Identity Psychosocial Adaptation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

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