The Top Leadership Characteristics Needed to Cope With Sudden and Smoldering Crisis
But the study of Crisis Leadership or leadership exercised in a crisis is of more recent origin and researchers have only now started focusing their attention on this less explored facet of leadership. This paper focuses on sudden crisis and the leadership displayed during this crisis. Whereas, a smoldering crisis is a result of the management not taking cognizance of a brewing crisis and consequently not taking pre-emptive action in time. However, even in the case of a smoldering crisis, once it blows up into a full-fledged crisis the same crisis leadership skills will be required to handle the crisis, except that in most cases an outside leader may be brought in to deal with the crisis as the crisis itself was the result of the mismanagement of the previous incumbent.
The second one is interesting because it means a gradual healing. It’s accompanied of a “health schedule” realized by the medical help and is composed by decisive appointment where the patient’s organism and the disease have to struggle. Besides, the medical help is on the lookout for the slightest symptom which shows that the patient is fighting against his/her illness. In this situation, the crisis is interpreted as a sign of hope or resistance rather than a “bankruptcy”.
The approach capacitates individuals to “draw upon both personal and environmental strengths to achieve the goals” (Zhivago, 2010, par.8). To support success, the strength assessment aid in developing strategies focusing on goal achievement and establishment of niches in which one can deploy individual strengths to demonstrate confidence shrouded by competence.
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