Fostering Paradox Resonance: Exploring Leaders’ Communication of Paradoxes during Crisis

Rikke Kristine Nielsen, Joe Cheal, Camille Pradies

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The communication from leaders during a time of crisis significantly impacts how the crisis unfolds. Leaders also play a decisive role in fostering either virtuous or vicious dynamics when organizations are torn between competing demands
(Pradies et al., 2020; Smith, 2014). But never has it been more
pressing for organizational leaders to be mindful of what and
how they communicate than in the COVID-19 crisis. In many
cases, the current pandemic has surfaced the “invisible currents of paradox” (Quinn & Nujella, 2017, p. vii) operating within organizations, making it vital for leaders to craft messages that align people’s beliefs and actions and mobilize them towards a common goal.
TidsskriftJournal of Management Inquiry
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)157-159
StatusUdgivet - 27 jan. 2021

Bibliografisk note

Dette essay er del af en essay samling:
Pradies, C., Aust, I., Bednarek, R., Brandl, J., Carmine, S., Cheal, J., ... & Keller, J. (2021). The lived experience of paradox: how individuals navigate tensions during the pandemic crisis. Journal of Management Inquiry, 30(2), 154-167.


  • Leadership communication
  • Crisis communication
  • Organizational paradox
  • Leadership paradox
  • Follower paradox
  • Ledelsesparadoks
  • Ledelsesparadokser
  • Organisatorisk paradoks
  • Ledelseskommunikation
  • Organizational Communication
  • Organisationskommunikation
  • Krisekommunikation
  • Paradox
  • Paradox communication
  • Paradokskommunikation
  • Resonance