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Leading in Trying Times

Researchers associated with the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan offer the essays found on this page to those interested in making a positive difference within their workplace or community in the wake of trauma and crisis. The web page was originally created in response to the attacks on New York City in September, 2001. However, many of the lessons for leadership are applicable and useful today.

These essays are meant to provide new insights, clarify thoughts, and foster plans of action for leaders, employees, and contributors at all levels.

For more information, please visit the the website of the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship. To provide feedback or comments on these essays, please e-mail positiveorg@umich.edu.


Leading with Purpose: Fueling the Human Spirit in Times of Uncertainty
Leadership and Compassion
Breakthrough Leadership: Believe, Belong, Contribute and Transcend
Leadership When Events Don't Play by the Rules
Leading with Resilence in the Face of the Unexpected
Seeking Help in Times of Need
Restoring Hope During Trying Times
Leadership Through Organizational Forgiveness
Sustaining Courage in Trying Times
Leading with Positive Emotions
Finding the Strength to Lead in Trying Times
Helping Your Workplace Heal
How Can We Allow Character to Matter?
Competence in Crisis