David L. Cooperrider

If you could choose only one powerful and resource-filled book on resilience for leaders, what do you suppose it would be? For me the answer is right here. Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry is something that should be read by every leader in our turbulent and extreme world of leadership, and read by anyone involved in the helping professions—and that’s everyone!

I first became interested in resilience when I started my PhD research on leadership and organization development at Case Western Reserve University. I was young and had very little sense of the intense, often lonely, and unnerving pressures of leadership. When in the midst of some thirty interviews— where every single leader spoke not only of ...

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