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WANTED: Leadership Stories – Good, Bad or Ugly

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As a Modern Servant Leader reader, I bet you’ve done some great leadership reflection – both on yourself and others. Do you have a leadership story to share? It could be a story of great leadership – an example to guide others, or a horrible leadership story – one to caution others. Whatever the case, I hope you will help serve others by sharing your story with them here. It may be included in an upcoming book I am writing.

The Book

The book will focus primarily on examples of inspirational leaders. These are the good stories. That said, I want to offer a balance to contrast the great examples. Therefore, if you have bad or ugly leadership stories, I want to hear them as well. The objective is to provide a collection of short leadership stories for readers to be inspired by and learn from.


When you complete the simple form, you have an option to remain anonymous or to have your information shared.

What to Include

A Brief Background: How did you come to work with the leader?

The Organization: Ideally, share the company name and location. If you want to remain anonymous, that’s fine! Just share the industry or some brief explanation of the type of organization.

You: Who you are in general. Again, if you seek to remain anonymous, provide how many years you’ve been in the position or career.

Leader: How did they come to the role of leader? Were they hired externally or promoted within? What did people think when they obtained the role?

Results: How did the leader’s behavior and style drive results – positive or negative? Actual numbers are great, subjective thoughts work too.

The Story: Of course, flesh out as much as possible. Explain what you witnessed, what you heard, how you felt, how others felt. Write it like a short story or a series of events.


You choose the length. I’m interested in long stories and short. One paragraph may be too short, but share it and we’ll see. Twenty pages is probably too long, but again, I’m happy to see it.

If it’s Not in the Book

What happens to your story if it’s not in the book? I can’t promise anything, but my hope is to produce a supplemental ebook of the stories that don’t make the cut. This will depend upon the total number of stories submitted and other details. However, my intention is to share as many of these examples as possible to our readers.

Submit Your Story

Submit your story by filling out the simple form located here: STORY SUBMISSION FORM.

If you still have questions, you can reach me at the contact form.

Thanks, in advance, for sharing and serving…


Ben Lichtenwalner

Ben Lichtenwalner

Ben Lichtenwalner is the founder and principal of Modern Servant Leader and Radiant Forest, LLC. He has studied and promoted servant leadership awareness and adoption for over 20 years. He is the author of 2 leadership books and has 2 decades of corporate management and leadership experience. His corporate experience spans CIO, VP, Director, and many management roles at Fortune 500, INC 500, and Nonprofits. Ben’s education includes a B.S. in Management Science & Information Systems from Penn State University and an MBA from Lehigh University. Ben's Full Profile Here: About Ben Lichtenwalner

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