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How leadership course trainers cope with difficult course situations
Swedish Defence University, Centre for Societal Security, Leadership Concepts Division.
Swedish Defence University, Institutionen för ledarskap och ledning, Leadership and Command & Control Division Karlstad.
Swedish Defence University, Institutionen för ledarskap och ledning, Leadership and Command & Control Division Karlstad.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8274-6065
2023 (English)In: Nordic Psychology, ISSN 1901-2276, E-ISSN 1904-0016Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract

This study aimed to explore how facilitators of group dynamic and structured leadership courses cope with difficult situations during the course, and to relate their coping strategies to general individual characteristics and situation-specific appraisals. The study group consisted of facilitators of two of the most widespread leadership courses in Sweden: 110 facilitators of the course Understanding Group and Leader (UGL) and 111 facilitators of Developmental leadership (DL). A web-based questionnaire included descriptions of two difficult interpersonal course situations and questions on personality, general leadership style as well as situation-specific appraisal and coping. Three coping strategies were identified (factor analyses): Focus on course structure, Focus on psychological safety and Focus on own reflection. These factors were positively correlated. Weak associations were observed between the coping strategies and personality and general leadership style. Situation-specific appraisals covaried more strongly with the coping strategies. The findings suggest that reflection based on these coping strategies can lead to increased self-awareness and self-confidence on part of the facilitator. The findings may also help leadership course facilitators to cope more effectively, which in turn creates trust in the group that they are leading. The study contributes to the understanding of a limited research area; how leadership course facilitators cope with difficult course situations. The results provide guidance on how to cope more effectively. Practical implications include aspects to focus on in the training of leadership course facilitators.

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2023.
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Leadership course facilitators, difficult situations, personality, leadership, appraisal, coping
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Psychology
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Leadership and Command & Control
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11844DOI: 10.1080/19012276.2023.2233703OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-11844DiVA, id: diva2:1802419
Available from: 2023-10-04 Created: 2023-10-04 Last updated: 2023-10-20

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