Unlabeled Leadership

030: Jessica Tower Tells Stories about Storytelling

March 11, 2021

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I invite guests to share personal stories about small and large acts of leadership that help shape their lives.

In Episode 30, Jessica Tower explains how poetry can help business professionals, how one experience can change a culture, and how you can strengthen your storytelling.

00:00 Prologue:

Jessica consults with organizations about talent management. She explains how stories can connect people, strengthen cultures, and affect the bottom line. Through Tower & Company, Jessica helps clients develop their story talent.

01:30 Part 1: More Poets Commit Suicide than Prose Writers

What we learn from one discipline may help us in another discipline. For Jessica, studying poetry improved her skills in business.

06:11 Part 2: The Strength of Storytelling Locally and Nationally

Jessica shares two stories: one is about how an icebreaker exercise affected managers, their teams, and customers at a local office. The other is about how a fireside chat helped alleviate the fear of a nation.

15:24 Part 3: Who Is Your Protagonist?

A way to connect with others is through storytelling. Jessica talks about one common misstep professionals make with their stories.

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Episode links

Jessica’s LinkedIn Profile

Tower & Company, Jessica’s business

Jessica’s blogs

Jessica's Twitter and company Twitter

American poet, Mark Jarman

How FDR's 'Fireside Chats' Helped Calm a Nation in Crisis

Gary DePaul's website

Gary's books:

   What the Heck Is Leadership and Why Should I Care?

   Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership 


Background Music

You can find all the musical tracks at Envato Elements.

00:00 Theme music: Inspiring Uplifting Corporate by mixer_drummer

01:20 Quirky Accordion by pinkzebra

05:55 Sentimental by pinkzebra

12:59 There's Hope by OlexandrIgnatov

15:05 Folk Acoustic Guitar by pinkzebra

17:07 Fun and Flirty by BrownHouseMedia


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