The Secrets of Resilient Leadership When Failure Is Not an Option?Six Essential Characteristics for Leading in Adversity

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  • Edition: Original
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  • Copyright: 2009-12-22
  • Publisher: DiaMedica
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Adversity is the true test of leadership, and resilient leaders are defined by what they do during the worst of times, not the best of times. What are the secrets of resilient leadership in adversity? How can we develop the skills that will help us gain a competitive advantage in the workplace and in life?

Author Biography

George S. Everly, Jr., PhD is one of the worlds leading authorities on human stress and resiliency He is the author of 20 books including The Resilient Child. Dr. Everly is on the faculties of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Loyola University. Douglas A Strouse, PhD is CEO of Global Data Source LLC, the managing partner of Wexley Consulting HRD LLC, and an entrepreneur who has founded several companies and understands first-hand the importance of resilient leadership and the ability to bounce back from adversity. George S. Everly, III is a senior editor for the Maryland Journal of International Law.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
The Essence of Leadership
The Mystery of Resilient Leadership: How to Lead When Everyone Else Retreatsp. 3
What You Will Learnp. 3
Disasters and Resilient Leadership-Or Notp. 4
Covenants of Resilient Leadershipp. 6
Hurricane Katrina and the 2008 Economic Collapse as Violated Covenantsp. 8
When Leadership Is Decisive but Results in Failurep. 10
The Nature of Leadership: A Simplified Definitionp. 12
The Psychological Foundations of Resiliencep. 13
The Resilient Brainp. 15
Resilient Systemsp. 15
Leadership Resides in Those Who Followp. 16
Key Point Summaryp. 17
Building Trust and Devotion Through Honesty and Honor
Follow a Moral Compass: Integrityp. 21
Two Men of Integrityp. 22
The Nature of Integrityp. 25
A World Without Ethics?p. 26
Building Integrity into Leadershipp. 31
Four Points of a LeaderĂs Moral Compassp. 33
Key Point Summaryp. 34
A Leadership Assessment: Integrityp. 36
Communication and Resilient Leadership: Persuasion and Inspirationp. 39
The Three Communication Principles for Resilient Leadershipp. 39
The Town Meeting as a Communication Tool for Crisesp. 50
Empathic Communication: The Key to Charismatic Leadershipp. 52
A Simple Formula for Drafting a Message of Leadershipp. 56
Key Point Summaryp. 57
Leadership Assessment: Communicationp. 58
Acting with Strength and Decisiveness
Decisive, Optimistic Leadership and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecyp. 63
Be Decisivep. 63
Optimismp. 65
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: The Competitive Advantage or the Great Liabilityp. 73
Key Point Summaryp. 77
Leadership Assessment: Optimismp. 78
Perseverance and Responsibilityp. 81
Perseverancep. 82
Taking Responsibilityp. 87
Dutyp. 89
Key Point Summaryp. 90
Leadership Assessment: Perseverance and Responsibilityp. 91
Promoting Natural Resources
Building a Culture of Resiliencep. 95
Group Identityp. 96
Group Cohesionp. 98
The Covenant of Resilience: No One Left Behindp. 101
Building Personal Support: Nurturing Friendshipp. 104
Warning: Beware of Toxic Cultures and Peoplep. 105
Key Point Summaryp. 110
Leadership Assessment: Building a Resilient Culturep. 111
Developing Behavioral Body Armor: Stress Management as a Competitive Advantagep. 113
The Psychophysiological Bases of Poor Decisionsp. 114
Stressp. 115
Psychology of Stress and the ˘Essence÷ of Resiliencep. 117
Variations of Distress: Leader Burnoutp. 118
Variations of Distress: Traumatic Stressp. 119
Managing the Four Personal Threats to Resilient Leadershipp. 121
Building Strengthp. 125
Fueling Resilience: You Are What You Eatp. 127
Attitudep. 131
Key Point Summaryp. 132
Leadership Assessment: Promoting Healthp. 133
A Final Word About Health Promotionp. 134
Carpe Diem, Seize the Day with Enthusiasm, Insight, and Wisdomp. 137
Referencesp. 141
Indexp. 147
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