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Crises can pose significant threats to the survival of organisations. Watch Dr Fannie Wu explain more.

“The true test of leadership is how well you function in a crisis” (Brian Tracy, 2021).

Introduction to the course

Crises can pose significant threats to the survival of organisations. Hence, leaders need to prepare for crises before they occur, manage crises when they occur, and learn from crises after they end. Effective leaders in times of crises often have a set of attributes and actions that make them stand out from less effective leaders.

What will I be learning?

In this course we’ll address what attributes and actions characterise effective leadership in times of crises. As a result, you’ll notice that this course focuses on supporting you to be an effective leader in times of crises.

Your learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of crisis and crisis leadership.
  • Reflect on your role as a leader in managing crises.
  • Identify qualities and strategies to manage crises effectively in real-world contexts.

Meet the team

Your Lead Educator for this course is Dr. Yuen Lam (Fannie) Wu, who is a leadership researcher from Deakin University. Co-teaching this course with Fannie are Associate Professor Jeff Shao and Professor Alexander Newman, who have a wealth of experience in undertaking teaching and research on leadership in challenging situations such as crises.

You’ll also hear insights from leaders who have first-hand experiences dealing with crises, including:

  • Damien Hodgkinson (Executive Director of Melbourne International Comedy Festival).
  • Alex Sobel (MP of Parliament for Leeds North West, UK).

In addition, a highly experienced Mentor, Dr. Jennifer Veres will be joining you in conversation throughout the course.

If you haven’t already, view your team’s profiles and follow them for course updates, feedback and discussions.

Your task

Watch the video to find out more about what you’ll be covering in this course. When you’re done, use the comments to introduce yourself and share why you’re taking this online course and what you hope to get out of it.

Next, select the ‘Mark as complete’ button and move on to Step 1.2.

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