LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR RESPONDING TO ADVERSITY

LEADERSHIP SKILLS FOR RESPONDING TO ADVERSITY

Michael B. Finegan, Ph.D.

Maryland State Police Lead Psychologist

ABCD’s of HOPE

A            Addressing not Avoiding Feelings and Problems

Assertive Behavior (What You’re Feeling, Reason for Feeling, What You Want)

Manage Your Anger – Use Energy from Anger for Constructive Purposes

Take Decisive Action – Make a Plan and Act on It

Acceptance of Current Resources and Situation

B            Broader Time Perspective              Review in context of days, weeks, months, years

Broader Meaning Perspective        Review situation from different angles/meaning

Broader perspective                        Define self with broader roles, e.g. father, worker, wife

C            Self-Confidence                               Remind self of past success and all skills you possess

Communication Skills                     Listen, reflect, question, compromise

Perceived Control                            The one thing you can control is an uncontrollable situation is you.

 You are the captain of your own ship.

D            Rapid Disappointment Recovery After Appropriate Reflection

Avoiding Distorted Thoughts         e.g. catastrophic thinking, black-and-white thinking

S             Taking Support

Multiple Sources of Support

Increase Sensitivity to Others

Increase Self-Nuturance & Reinforcement

 

H            Humility/Forgiveness

Hopefulness

O            Optimism                                           “We will find a way or we will make a way”

Future Orientation                           Not dwelling on the past during initial phase of disaster

P             Persistence

Patience

Rolling with the Punches – Flexibility

Excellent Problem Solving

E             Life is an Evolving Process            Change is the Law of Life

 

Questions: e-mail address: mbfoffice@comcast.net