Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Failed Dependency: Leadership Strategies to Prevent, Mitigate, and Heal Organizational Trauma in Behavioral Health Systems
by Messina, Miguel J., Psy.D., Ashford University, 2019, 219; 13863379
Abstract (Summary)

Leaders play a crucial role in mitigating organizational trauma. Perverse and toxic leaders can disrupt the operating system, including initiating such rupturing events as closing programs or budget cuts. Other times, the disruptions are external and caused by socio-political changes, competitions, and lack of public acceptance. Behavioral health organizations by the nature of their work and the position they occupy in society are at risk of receiving the traumatizing events that change the culture and the operating systems. Leaders are responsible for managing the culture of an organization and mitigating the traumatic events that can result in mediocre services and organizational peril. Transformational leaders possess a great deal of emotional intelligence and believe in their abilities to lead in difficult times. They acknowledge the trauma or traumatizing events, and labor in transforming culture as leaders, employees, and the organization transcends through the events. A Delphi study allowed 18 experts in behavioral health organizations, to share their personal and professional experiences and to arrive at a consensus about leadership roles relating to the phenomenon of organizational trauma. Consequently, the role of leaders in preventing, mitigating, and healing organizational trauma was recognized as an essential role. Last, the experts agreed that transformational leadership styles, as well as emotional intelligence, are necessary interpersonal and professional skills to consider in training and development programs for leaders. The findings were congruent with the knowledge found in the literature review which indicates a need for ongoing study and research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Bryan, John
Commitee: Hormann, Shana
School: Ashford University
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- Colorado
Source: DAI-B 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Occupational psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Behavioral sources, Management, Mental health, Organizational behavior, Organizational theory, Psychology
Publication Number: 13863379
ISBN: 978-1-392-07460-2
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