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Leadership in Disasters

This document is a selection of excerpts from an excellent article about leadership in the wake of disaster, by Prudence Bushnell, the US Ambassador to Kenya in 1998. The author’s intent is to provide leaders with a framework for understanding expectable group responses to human-made disaster, in order to promote effective leadership and management for victims of such tragedies.

From: “Leadership in the wake of disaster: Salient lessons from the Nairobi, Kenya US Embassy Bombing, 1998,” Prudence Bushnell, in Terrorism and Disaster: Individual and Community Mental Health, Ed R Ursano, CS Fullerton, AE Norwood, Cambridge University Press, 2003