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Leading through Turbulent Times and Crises: What Human Attributes Play a Role in the Ability of Women Leaders to Navigate Crises in Their Organization?
by Eliadis, Andriana, Ph.D., Fielding Graduate University, 2019, 168; 13904890
Abstract (Summary)

Faced with the realities of constant, rapid, and seemingly unprecedented change, which are generated by crises, organizations are looking to create organizational environments where they can withstand the harsh waves of disturbance and disaster that every kind of crisis brings to the human capital of organizations. What behavioral traits enable exceptional leadership capabilities that can help a leader navigate an organization through a crisis?

This research, via phenomenological interviews, depicted seven major human behavior traits that played a role in the ability of women leaders to navigate crises in their organizations. A She leadership model was introduced through the research and literature review of this study which may be an essential tool for leaders world-wide navigating turbulent times and crises in their organizations. The model is a systemic synthesis of leadership where positive leadership, coaching as a leadership style, and NeuroLeadership create a holistic web of effective relationships on the basis of the seven major behavior themes that the research revealed. The She model introduces a different way of leadership which is more about nurturing the organizational relationships and being compassionate to the concerns of the people. The She model puts in the forefront a leadership methodology flexible enough to be utilized in different kind of cultures and different kinds of crises. The She leader differentiates from the past and even modern male-oriented leadership theories where male leadership is predominantly a top-down approach whereas the She leadership model emphasizes the circular leadership schema where the She leader is in the middle of the circular shape. This circular leadership schema is crucial when leading during an organizational crisis.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Agger-Gupta, Dorothy E.
Commitee: Isbouts, Jean-Pierre, Steier, Frederick, Dunahoo, Gary, Austin, Jan
School: Fielding Graduate University
Department: School for Leadership Studies
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 81/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Organizational behavior, Womens studies, Management, Behavioral psychology
Keywords: Coaching, Leadership crisis, NeuroLeadership, Phenomenology, Positive psychology, VUCA
Publication Number: 13904890
ISBN: 9781085588843
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