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date: 22 April 2021

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This chapter deals with the challenges and opportunities of leadership in times of crises, that is, conditions of serious, urgent, and uncertainty-ridden threats to key values and structures of a community or the polity as a whole. Crisis leadership differs from leadership in routine times. Its stakes are much higher, the public is much more attentive, its mood more volatile, and institutional constraints on elite decision making are considerably looser. The chapter reviews the five key challenges of crisis leadership, discusses key research findings pertaining to each, and provides a strategic agenda for future research.

Keywords: crisis, crisis management, stress, institutional crisis, meaning-making, sensemaking, learning

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