What is Public Narrative?

In this essay, the author argues that public narrative is a leadership art through which persons translate values into action: engaging heart, head, and hands. As narrative it is built from the experience of challenge, choice, and outcome. As public narrative it is woven from three elements: a story of self, a story of us, and a story of now. Or, as Rabbi Hillel, the 1st Century Jerusalem sage put it, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am for myself alone, what am I? If not now, when?”