In this content we’re going to show how The Chronicles of Narnia can show us how to be better leaders.
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What is the Chronicles of Narnia?
The Chronicles of Narnia is a saga of fantasy books and films in which a group of children and teenagers discover a magical world that is accessed through a closet.
The books were written by C.S. Lewis and published in the 1950s, dealing with personal growth, hope and redemption.
How can we learn to be better leaders with stories?
As we’ve said before, stories can accurately convey valuable lessons and teachings.
However, we always need to pay attention to the characters’ decisions, their mistakes, successes and learnings.
Just like in real life, we learn by observation and get new ideas when we see different stories.
We often learn more from fantastic stories than stories based purely on reality.
Precisely because we are able to have our own vision of the story and draw lessons for what we are going through in our lives.
15 leadership skills from the Chronicles of Narnia
In this last topic, we list the 15 leadership skills that C.S. Lewis’ books show us.
Vision is the ability of the leadership to see the clear objective and from there draw up an action plan.
This often happens in unpredictable contexts, just like the protagonists of the story.
As we said earlier, Narnia is a fantastic world and as such has all kinds of creatures, worthy of such stories, right?
The protagonists need to tackle the communication barrier through empathy and attempts to reach common ground in order to achieve their goal.
Empathy, a leader’s strongest pillar
Empathy is the strongest pillar of leadership, as the leader must guide others towards the common goal and the development of each individual.
The group of protagonists themselves have differences, but by finding common ground, they create even stronger bonds between them and help to win not only the group, but that magical world.
Determination is a characteristic of every protagonist, isn’t it? However, it is also a very important leadership skill.
In books, the protagonists have to face various challenges that they are often unaware of.
However, with teamwork and determination they manage to come up with a plan to solve the unfavorable situation.
The protagonists, as we said, are just teenagers and children, but they recognize each other’s abilities and trust their team.
Leaders need to have confidence not only in themselves, but also in those they lead, allowing their individual contribution to the success of the whole.
The leader is the greatest example of a team, if the leader has courage, he inspires courage in his followers.
Courage comes from a cold analysis of the situation, knowledge and action. The more you know about the goal and the situation, the more courage and confidence you have.
Decision-making is an essential element in the story, and one of the main characters, Lucy, is the first to enter the magical world of Narnia.
However, his decision was only out of curiosity. Later on, the group of protagonists need to dare and make big decisions to achieve their great goal.
Flexibility is essential in the corporate world and even more necessary in a magical world, isn’t it?
We’re talking about unknown creatures, powers, a new kingdom and even a wise talking lion.
We learn flexibility when we need to use the resources we have at the moment to achieve our goals, just like the group of protagonists.
The sister skill of flexibility is creativity, i.e. the ability to come up with ideas to solve or create something.
The group of protagonists must escape from the White Witch in the most inventive ways possible.
To exercise creativity, we need to explore the possibilities with the resources we have.
To do this, we need knowledge to understand how something works, what doesn’t work and what hasn’t been tried before.
The influence comes mainly from the majestic lion Aslam, who inspires generosity, wisdom and above all a strong sense of justice.
Any team will be influenced by its leader, the qualities of the leader will usually be the qualities of the team.
To exercise influence, you need to know how to communicate, have credibility with the team and make a positive impact.
Another fundamental skill in difficult times is resilience, isn’t it?
Resilience is not the same as flexibility or creativity, it’s actually the ability to withstand difficult times, even managing to grow in the face of these situations.
The Chronicles of Narnia are set during the Second World War and show how the group of protagonists are always trying to resist in the real world and in the fantastic world.
Responsibility is essential for the leader, after all, the outcome of the project is closely linked to the leader.
The prince of Telmar, Prince Caspian, gains more and more of this sense of responsibility with the help of the protagonists.
Leadership by Example
Aslan plays a key role throughout the books precisely because he gives the right direction to the protagonists, as a leader should do in every team he passes through.
This skill is closely linked to a leader’s integrity, i.e. having clear values and recognizing when you’re wrong.
Teamwork is essential even for leadership, after all, it’s by observing the quality of each person and guiding each member that everything works out in the end.
Peter is quite brave and is considered the leader, Susan is the most intelligent, Edmund has one of the most interesting arcs and becomes loyal, little Lucy is quite hopeful.
Each protagonist recognizes the value of the other and so they combine their skills for the betterment of the team.
The innovation in the Chronicles of Narnia happens precisely because the characters are in a completely different world.
This means they have to think strategically and with courage to overcome challenges and confrontations with characters who are often more powerful than they are.