“Leading with Optimism” Harvard Business Review summary

Photo of Myanmar boats by the shore

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As leaders, how much should you talk about optimism or hope during times of widespread hardship? Might it appear superficial to your employees and communities?

Research done by Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan conclude that “it’s precisely in the midst of a setback or challenging time, that leaders should be actively encouraging positivity because it will help teams weather the storm.”

Working with an organization in the midst of a financial crisis, the researchers urged supervisors to incorporate gestures like increased praise and recognition,

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“Leading in Times of Trauma” Harvard Business Review summary

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“The managerial rule books fail us at times like these when people are searching for meaning and a reason to hope for the future,” according to a Harvard Business Review article. Surely, that applies to Myanmar in the spring of 2021.

In the article “Leading in Times of Trauma,” authors Dutton, Frost, Worline, Lilius, and Kanov share essential lessons about responding compassionately during tumultuous times.

A leader’s response helps the organization “to maintain high performance in difficult times… to heal,

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Together We Respond: DeBoer Lifelong Fellows Joined Hands to Make a Difference on the Frontline of the COVID-19 Outbreak in Rakhine State

Life, for Dr. Nay Lin Tun, is not a straight path. He does what needs to be done at the time and he is very decisive. After graduating from the DeBoer Fellowship in 2016, he got the opportunity to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. While in the Master’s program, Dr. Nay Lin Tun co-founded the Center for Social Integrity together with a few other friends and returned to work in Myanmar.

The Center for Social Integrity started operating a mobile clinic project in Rakhine State in late 2017.

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Guiding Others into A New Future

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The global community has been living amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting global economic crisis for anywhere between three and eight months, depending on the region of the world. This crisis feels acute and also has lasting effects on our daily lives.

While it is important to act quickly in a crisis, Financial Times author Yuval Noah Harari cautions  that “we should also take into account the long-term consequences of our actions…we should ask ourselves not only how to overcome the immediate threat,

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True leadership during a crisis and how to communicate effectively

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We cannot emphasize enough the importance of effective communication as leaders. DeBoer Fellowship provides this summary on leadership and effective crisis communications through its Trustworthy initiative. This article, “6 ways you can show true leadership during a crisis like COVID-19, and how to communicate effectively with your employees and clients” was originally published by Business Insider, an American financial and business news website.

For leaders, a crisis can be used as an opportunity to “exhibit your company’s values” through effective communication strategies.

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