Growth after trauma

Growth after trauma

Richard G. Tedeschi

According to psychologists, “negative experiences can spur positive change, including a recognition of personal strength, the exploration of new possibilities, improved relationships, a greater appreciation for life, and spiritual growth,” notes Richard G. Tedeschi in this HBR article. Leaders can help facilitate positive post-traumatic growth in five ways: through education, emotional regulation, disclosure, narrative development, and service. In this article, Tedeschi explains these elements of growth in detail and describes how individuals can emerge from trauma stronger – as well as how leaders can help by encouraging introspection and curiosity, actively listening, and offering compassionate feedback.

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