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Leadership Styles for Weathering Crisis

Dec. 7, 2020

For leaders, adapting and keeping up with changes isn’t a new challenge. However, the changes we’ve faced recently, especially with the challenges of COVID-19, the fight against racism, climate change, and economic uncertainty, require leaders to update their toolboxes. This article discusses five different leadership styles to prepare for and weather crisis situations.

Holding Space and Turning Toward Black Grief

Nov. 12, 2020

With racially motivated shootings, healthcare disparities, and historic and systemic racism, the collective mental health of the Black community needs support. Dr. John Gottman, psychological researcher and clinician, developed the ATTUNE method to help build trust in relationships. If you have a Black partner or friend, this article provides details of how the process of awareness, turning toward, tolerance, understanding, non-defensiveness, and empathy, can help build trust and help your loved one process grief.

Resources for Supporting Our Black Colleagues and Combating Racism

Sept. 24, 2020
At the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), we want acknowledge the pain and impact to our community related to current, historical, and systemic racism and violence against Black Americans and people of color, and we recognize that racism not only exists in these obviously painful ways but also through implicit bias. 

Phases of a pandemic and how leaders can tailor the support of their staff through each phase

Aug. 4, 2020

Consider the implications for leadership if we think of the pandemic having three different phases; the shelter-in-place phase, the re-opening phase, and the post Covid-19 phase. This article offers suggestions for how leaders can shift their focus for each of these phases to best meet the potential needs of their staff.


How leaders can build resiliency for their staff during the pandemic

July 30, 2020

Leaders at UT are looking for ways to support their staff as the effects of the pandemic continue to build.  Health care professionals look to lessons learned from past crises.  This article offers practical steps all leaders can consider implementing to foster a more resilient work culture and reduce the risk of long term psychological difficulties.

How to begin talking about race in the workplace

July 16, 2020

Throughout this summer on UT’s campus there have been many conversations amongst alumni, faculty, staff and the Board of Regents about systemic racism and how the university might step into a new season of equity and inclusion. Dr. Stephanie Creary, Management Professor at Wharton, offers a framework to help managers initiate a conversation with employees to address systemic racism.

Tools, strategies and tips about managing and leading teams remotely

July 9, 2020

For many people the way we work has shifted dramatically from what it looked like in early March because of COVID-19.

Importance of Leadership Communication Skills

May 5, 2020

During uncertain and fluid times, the need for strong, calm, trustworthy leadership is more important than ever. Research helps point to several ways that leaders — whether they are managers, deans, supervisors, or professors— can improve their communication skills to maximize trust and minimize stress and anxiety: