Dr. Terry Deal is the founder of the Terrence E. Deal Leadership Institute at the University of La Verne and is a renowned leadership expert, author, and international consultant having taught organization and leadership courses at Stanford, Harvard, Vanderbilt, and the University of Southern California. He retired as the Irving R. Melbo Clinical Professor of USC‘s Rossier School of Education and now consults for a wide variety of organizations including businesses, hospitals, banks, schools, colleges, religious orders, and military organizations worldwide.
Dr. Deal has written forty books and more than one hundred articles co-authored book chapters concerning organizations, leadership, change, culture, and symbolism, soul, and spirit. He is the co-author of sixteen books, including the best-selling Corporate Cultures with A.A. Kennedy, Managing the Hidden Organization with W.A. Jenkins, and Reframing Organizations with Lee Bolman.
Dr. Deal earned his B.A. from the University of La Verne, M.A. from California State University Los Angeles, and Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Sociology from Stanford University.
In this first of a four-part interview, we explore with Terry the importance of story and myth within organizations as well as schools. They may not have the title, but every organization has a chief storyteller, and they play an instrumental role in preserving and perpetuating the culture.
In this second of a four-part interview, Terry explores the role of story in leadership and how their reliance on rationality and failure to recognize the power of story, myth, and ritual can often severely limit their effectiveness.
In this third of a four-part interview, Terry discusses the importance of symbolic frames in understanding organizations, and how story powerfully infuses this way of seeing. He also shares the lessons he learned in his first career as a cop, and how that led to a lifetime of learning about what makes for effective teaching and the need to re-story education.
In this final segment of a four-part interview, Terry discusses the role of fiction in education and leadership, and how he is bringing its instructive power into his Leadership Institute.