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The purpose of a personal observation report is to read and learn about different short stories and/or fables that can be used to provide

illustrations for leadership principles and morals. An important part of leadership includes communication. Sometimes, effective leaders

are able to make a certain point or teach a lesson by describing a short story that illustrates that point or meaning.


Think for a moment about leadership and all that it encompasses.

1. What is your reaction to this fable or short story that teaches us about an aspect of leadership?

2. Do you think these short stories and fables illustrate salient examples of leading?

3. After reading this short story or fable, can you apply it to an incident in your work experience or life?


This paper should be written with the following sections:



In this section, summarize the story in your own words. It should be no more than a couple of paragraphs.


In this section, describe the lesson or principle (leadership or moral) being conveyed by this short story.


In this section, describe a situation in your work experience or life where you can use this short story to teach or illustrate the point

of the lesson.
The following is a list of short books, stories and fables that have been written about leadership and morals. You may select any of the

stories listed in the list below or you may select a story of your choice.

Feel free to research the internet for these stories or fables. The following are some books or stories you could select:

story title learning, lessons, messages, examples of uses
All stories listed above taken from
Fish! Tales: Real-Life Stories to Help You Transform Your Workplace and Your Life (Hardcover Book)
By: S. C. Lundin, H. Paul, J. Christensen, P. Strand
10 Digit ISBN / Number: 0786868686
13 Digit ISBN : 9780786868681

A Peacock in the Land of Penguins: A Fable about Creativity and Courage
By: BJ Gallagher Hateley, Warren H Schmidt, Sam Weiss

10 Digit ISBN / Number: 1576751732
13 Digit ISBN : 9781576751732

Claire Anne and the Talking Hat
By: Barbara A. Cleary
10 Digit ISBN / Number: 0873897463
13 Digit ISBN: 9780873897464

Fish! Sticks: A Remarkable Way to Adapt to Changing Times and Keep Your Work Fresh By: S. C. Lundin, H. Paul, J. Christensen, P. Strand
10 Digit ISBN / Number: 0786868163
13 Digit ISBN: 9780786868162

Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions
By: J. Kotter, H. Rathgeber, H. Rathgeber, P. Mueller
10 Digit ISBN / PartNumber: 031236198x
13 Digit ISBN: 9780312361983

Building a House for Diversity: A Fable about a Giraffe and an Elephant Offers New Strategies for Today’s Workforce
By: R. Roosevelt Thomas, Marjorie I. Woodruff
10 Digit ISBN / Number: 0814404634
13 Digit ISBN: 9780814404638

The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
By: Seth Godin
10 Digit ISBN / Number: 1591841666
13 Digit ISBN: 9781591841661

Who Moved My Cheese? By: Spencer Johnson
10 Digit ISBN / Number: 0399147241
13 Digit ISBN: 9780399147241

Ugly Duckling Goes to Work: Wisdom for the Workplace from the Classic Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
By: Mette Norgaard, Foreword by Stephen R. Covey
10 Digit ISBN / Number: 0814408710
13 Digit ISBN: 9780814408711

Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition
By: D. N. T. Perkins, M. P. Holtman, P. R. Kessler
10 Digit ISBN /umber: 0814405436
13 Digit ISBN: 9780814405437

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