The Consolation Speech: The Leader as Comforter

  • Bård Norheim
  • Joar HagaEmail author


In the consolation speech the leader addresses immediate suffering experienced in an organization in times of hardship, when workers pass away or when a large-scale tragedy strikes. This could be in the form of a funeral address or a speech at a memorial gathering. The leader will learn to name the reality of suffering in a credible way, show compassion in an appropriate manner and measure, position himself with the mourners, take his mandate from those in grief, consider how the consolation speech could be a way to retell the legacy of the organization, and how to appeal to the feelings of the audience.


Leadership rhetoric Compassion Reality of suffering Organizational rhetoric Memorial address Emotional appeal 

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  1. 1.Department of Theology, Religion and PhilosophyNLA University CollegeBergenNorway

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