How to Address the Traumatic Experiences of Leadership

1h 0m | May 21, 2024

Listeners will learn a new way to think about traumatic experiences of leadership, as well as multiple approaches to identify and address these experiences. 

What do leaders do when the act of being a leader is traumatic? Leaders navigate enormously challenging situations, including moral dilemmas that force the leader to choose between the organization’s welfare and that of individual staff; poor behaviors such as sabotaging and gaslighting; no-win situations, and bias, discrimination, and exclusion. In this episode, Clinical Psychologist Jennifer Wisdom discusses the nature of distressing experiences leaders face in the workplace, the strategies they use to work through these distressing experiences, and recommendations for how to improve workspaces to decrease the likelihood of traumatic experiences occurring. She will emphasize the role of legacy institutional structures, interpersonal relationships, power dynamics, and betrayal of trust in contributing to leaders’ experiences of trauma. She will conclude with ways leaders can identify and address trauma. Jennifer Wisdom PhD MPH ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist and board-certified organizational psychologist. She is principal of Wisdom Consulting, Senior Organization Development Psychologist in the Veterans Health Administration National Center for Organization Development, and Affiliated Professor at the Oregon Health and Science University. She has published and taught extensively on leadership and public health, including authoring the Millennials’ Guides series. She has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a Master's of Public Health in Biostatistics and Epidemiology.

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