SOLD OUT! Developing Your Capacity to Thrive as a Leader in Challenging Organizations (B1)
Leaders who reframe troubling organizational events as opportunities, adopt a systems perspective, and engage others in collaborative approaches are more likely to thrive in response to organizational challenges. We involve participants in a self-assessment process about their typical response to stressful work events at work, and discuss strategies for thriving.
Effective leaders thrive in the face of organizational complexity in ways that transform stress, ensure their health and productivity, and promote positive outcomes for the organization (Walinga and Rowe, 2013). Spreitzer and her colleagues (Spreitzer et al, 2005; 2012) defined thriving as a "psychological state in which individuals experience both a sense of vitality and a sense of learning at work" (p. 538). Walinga and Rowe (2013) found in their research that thrivers seek to generate integrative and systemic solutions; they view the issue widely and from multiple perspectives and adopt a collective and inclusive perspective on how to respond to the issue. Thriving leaders maintain an open and transparent communication style rather than closing down or keeping matters restricted only to a few. This systems view helps them to avoid defining the issue as a simplistic problem requiring standardized rules or procedures to 'fix' it.