Christian Leaders as Crisis Managers: Leading When the Going Gets Tough
Every organizational leader can expect to experience multiple crises during their tenure of leadership. In this chapter, Karl Barth is presented as an example of effective crisis management from a Christian leadership perspective. The themes derived from Barth’s handling of the German Church crisis—which can be applied to contemporary organizational settings—are: organizational commitment, organizational awareness, maintaining normalcy while addressing the crisis, demonstrating concern for stakeholder well-being, learning from the crisis in order to prevent future crises, protecting the reputation of the organization without lying or cover-ups, and engaging in Spirit-led decision-making.
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