Adversity is part of life and certainly contributes to human development. This study seeks to explore the impact of personal adversity on career trajectory and leadership. A qualitative study based on 12 interviews with a narrative approach is presented. Key themes were identified among high-level executives around career evolution, perception of leadership, and how those experiences impacted their way of leading. The study concludes with a brief discussion of limitations and the findings that raise questions for additional research and provide some support for leadership and career development, counseling, and training.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Resilience (Personality trait); Career development; Leadership
Date of Award
Graziadio Business School
Kovacs, Kristina E., "Career trajectory and leadership: the role of personal adversity" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 1149.