This book examines a relatively unexplored area of leadership research—personal aspects of leadership—by considering the impact of leaders navigating their own personal crises on their relationships with teams, peers, and supervisors. Through original research as well as an integrative review of the literature, Hickman and Knouse focus on the leader-as-person in crisis, including the real-life personal crises and experiences of leaders. This important volume offers a detailed and thoughtful description of intersecting factors that contribute to the ways in which leaders experience and cope with personal crisis to spur additional research attention to this neglected area. This book also offers current and prospective leaders advice and direction on effectively navigating personal crisis.
"Fiils a gap in the leadership literature for both scholars and for leaders. Well-documented with practical and realistic advice- not a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all appraoch."
- Barry Z. Posner, Professor, Leavy School of Business, Santa Clara University
“In life you either learn from situations you experience personally or from those others have experienced. This book allowed me to better understand how I was able to cope with the loss of my wife and continue to prosper in my professional life. It’s an excellent guide to coping.” —Ray M. Robinson, Chairman, Citizens Trust Bank
“Finally, there is a serious treatment of how leaders and the organizations should respond during unfortunate but inevitable circumstances in the personal lives of those we entrust with responsibility. Hickman and Knouse’s work is a sensitive, careful, and original study of a neglected but important topic in leadership studies.”
—Kenneth P. Ruscio, Senior Distinguished Lecturer, Jepson School of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond and President Emeritus, Washington and Lee University
Appendix A: Preliminary Study Methods
Appendix B: Study 1 Methods and Participant Description
Appendix C: Study 2 Methods, Participant Description, and Supplementary Tables
The Leadership: Research and Practice Series includes both edited and authored volumes showcasing the latest leadership and behavioral research, as well as practical books based on the latest leadership theory with applications to Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Management, Organizational Behavior, Law, Political Science, and Military Psychology.