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As I began my research for my Book Talk on leadership and "The Chronicles of Narnia" I wanted to know C.S. Lewis' thought process on how he chose the leadership principles in "The Chronicles of Narnia." C.S. Lewis is no longer living, but I was lucky enough to locate a Christian site that offered to pass on e-mails to C.S. Lewis' step-son, Douglas Gresham.
Mr. Gresham helped produce the movie versions of the books and was a partner with his father in many aspects of his work. He was kind enough to respond to my e-mail. Here is an excerpt from his reply. Mr. Gresham and C.S. Lewis' friends called C.S. Lewis "Jack":

"I think Jack was deeply concerned at the loss, in the 20th century, of the great inherited beliefs and qualities that were to be found throughout the history of English literature down through the ages, were prevalent and were believed in and lived by in the 19th century and were then discarded in the 20th century on the spurious grounds that in some way they had become "outmoded" or "out of date". Qualities like Courtesy, Duty, Personal Commitment, Personal Responsibility, Chivalry, Courage and Interpersonal Charity. Such things are to be found flooding through the Narnian Chronicles and no leader can be any use at all without them. They were tossed aside in the last century and as a result our societies are falling into ruins all around us, and we are ruled by "Spin Doctors" and corrupt and ineffectual Politicians instead of Leaders. We desperately need to revive these great personal qualities or, as a civilisation, the human race is doomed." Douglas Gresham

It is these very qualities that drew me to these books and these qualities that stood out in the many examples of leadership found throughout the series. I hope to share these examples with you here in my Wiki. The leadership principles found in the series also match-up very well with the Seven Standards for NC School Executives and the philosophical foundations on which they are built. I will show these connections in my examples.

This Wiki is meant to be a tool for interaction with my classmates and others interested in this subject area. Your thoughts and general comments are welcome. I hope this Wiki will generate an interesting discourse on not only leadership in Narnia, but leadership as a whole.

C.S. Lewis Institute/C.S. Lewis Biography: http://www.cslewisinstitute.org/cslewis/index.htm
C.S. Lewis Today/Meet Douglas Gresham: http://www.cslewistoday.com/conference-2006/meet-douglas-gresham
To contact Douglas Gresham/John Mark Ministries: http://jmm.aaa.net.au/articles/9653.htm

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