Ledarskap i katastrofsituationer
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
The purpose of this master thesis is to examine what the best way of leading is in a catastrophic situation. Our definition of a catastrophe is a natural disaster, war, terror attacks or a catastrophe made by man. Our work is based on interviews of a few Swedish organizations that in some way act in catastrophic situations. We wanted to know how they thought a leader should act and what the best way of doing that was. The aim is to see how a leader should lead well in these kinds of situations, we want to be able to give some recommendations in what the best way of leading could be. We have therefore compared the results of our interviews to be able to answer this question. The main conclusions are that the organization should develop some kind of an alert plan that would address the routines around a catastrophe, this is to avoid confusion. An other important conclusion is that the leader needs to be determined/resolute, because of the chaotic situation the leader needs to clearly and forcefully tell his personnel what to do. A good leader, especially in a strategic position, needs to see the overall picture and not get distracted by details, the leader should work towards a goal while the personnel do the groundwork in order to get them there. Something that would benefit a leader in a catastrophic situation is both education and experience of similar situations, this is to avoid panic, if the leader is used to chaotic situations she or he will more likely handle the situation better.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-5683OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-5683DiVA: diva2:195559