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ERIC Number: EJ1131899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1552-9045
Trauma-Inspired Prosocial Leadership Development
Williams, Jenifer Wolf; Allen, Stuart
Journal of Leadership Education, v14 n3 p86-103 Sum 2015
Though trauma survivors sometimes emerge as leaders in prosocial causes related to their previous negative or traumatic experiences, little is known about this transition, and limited guidance is available for survivors who hope to make prosocial contributions. To understand what enables trauma-inspired prosocial leadership development, the transition narratives of seven trauma-inspired leaders who varied by global region, primary language, gender, ethnicity, religion, trauma type, and leadership area were analyzed. Using interpretative phenomenological analysis in an exploratory study, participants' transitional journeys were examined through analysis of their autobiographies. Critical findings included frequent references by all participants to "perspective enlargement" (reframing a problem or context) and "resilience" to the negative, apathetic, or retaliatory responses to the mission (possibly learned through resilience to trauma itself). This study explores posttraumatic leadership conceptually and makes suggestions for leadership development among trauma-inspired survivors.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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