The graduate class on Creative and Transformative Leadership of the Department of International Studies conducted a workshop on “The Leader as External Messenger: “Bago at Nagpapabago” on May 17, 2021, via Google Meet.
The workshop was facilitated by Ms. Kara David, a Filipino journalist, television host and professor at the UP College of Mass Communications. She has produced award-winning documentaries that show social issues affecting the Philippines from a different yet distinctive perspective.
Kara discussed three significant characteristics of storytelling. A story should aim for ‘timelessness, should be life-changing, and evoke compassion and empathy to viewers or listeners.’ It is important to aim for timeless stories. A story should stay relevant over the years, even with the changing issues and generations; it should not have an expiration date. A timeless story is one that allows us to emotionally connect with the characters in the story. Humans connect and communicate through stories.
Stories shape our thoughts, beliefs, and perception of the world. This is the power of storytelling; it can help us learn, grow, and change. Indeed, stories serve many purposes in our lives. They can teach us about life, ourselves, and other people. No matter where you stand in life, you can produce a new story to create a better future. As Kara emphasized, ‘hindi lang bago, dapat nagpapabago.’
This workshop is very timely and relevant, particularly to transformative leaders. Leaders as external messengers are responsible for what messages and stories they need to publicize for audiences. Storytelling can be a means for leaders to raise awareness on relevant societal issues and to connect people from within and outside the community. As Kara emphasized, “Know their stories. Stand with them, not above them.”
This online workshop is part of the students’ learning module on ‘The Leader as an External Messenger’ under the mentorship of Ms. Lorna Q. Israel. -- By Crystal Aura Santos