Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 73, Issue 2, pp 205–217 | Cite as

Restorying a Culture of Ethical and Spiritual Values: A Role for Leader Storytelling

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In this paper, we outline some of the connections between the literatures of organizational storytelling, spirituality in the workplace, organizational culture, and authentic leadership. We suggest that leader storytelling that integrates a moral and spiritual component can transform an organizational culture so members of the organization begin to feel connected to a larger community and a higher purpose. We specifically discuss how leader role modeling in authentic storytelling is essential in developing an ethically and spiritually based organizational culture. However, we also acknowledge a potential dark side to leader storytelling. Implications for authentic storytelling research and practice are discussed.


authenticity ethical culture leadership spirituality storytelling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ManagementSaint Mary’s UniversityHalifaxCanada

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