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Sense of Coherence, Compassionate Love and Coping in International Leaders during the Transition into the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg 2006, South Africa
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Institut für therapeutische Kommunikation und Sprachgebrauch, European University Viadrina, 15230 Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
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Department of Industrial and Organisational Psychology, University of South Africa, Pretoria 0002, South Africa
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(8), 2829; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17082829
Received: 13 February 2020 / Revised: 16 April 2020 / Accepted: 17 April 2020 / Published: 20 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Salutogenesis and Coping: Ways to Overcome Stress and Conflicts)
Contemporary workplaces are influenced by rapid changes, high levels of competition, increasing complexities and internationalisation processes. At the edge of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), insecurities and anxieties are high, and leaders are encouraged more than ever to lead employees with meaningful vision and prudence in order to make use of employees’ strengths, and ensure mental health and well-being. The aim of this article is to present new insights into salutogenesis, particularly sense of coherence (SOC), compassionate love (CL), and coping (C) in leaders with different cultural backgrounds. This study strengthens the idea that CL is a coping mechanism. This coping mechanism can be used by leaders to establish a resilient and salutogenic organisations. This article explores the subjective perspectives of 22 international leaders from five different countries and their views regarding SOC, CL and C through a qualitative research approach, using a qualitative online questionnaire for data collection and content analysis for data analysis. The findings on the perspectives of leaders provide new and original insights into how SOC, CL and C are connected, and how these concepts contribute to healthy organisations which are on their way to the transition into the 4IR. Conclusions are drawn. Recommendations for future research and practice are given. View Full-Text
Keywords: salutogenesis; sense of coherence (SOC); compassionate love (CL); leadership; coping (C); 4IR workplaces; societal and cultural challenges salutogenesis; sense of coherence (SOC); compassionate love (CL); leadership; coping (C); 4IR workplaces; societal and cultural challenges
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Mayer, C.-H.; Oosthuizen, R.M. Sense of Coherence, Compassionate Love and Coping in International Leaders during the Transition into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2829. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17082829

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Mayer C-H, Oosthuizen RM. Sense of Coherence, Compassionate Love and Coping in International Leaders during the Transition into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(8):2829. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17082829

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Mayer, Claude-Hélène, and Rudolf M. Oosthuizen 2020. "Sense of Coherence, Compassionate Love and Coping in International Leaders during the Transition into the Fourth Industrial Revolution" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 8: 2829. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17082829

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