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Lewin’s Leadership Styles

In 1939, a group of researchers led by psychologist Kurt Lewin set out to identify different styles of leadership. While further research has identified more specific types of leadership, this early study was very influential and established three major leadership styles. In the study, groups of schoolchildren were assigned to one of three groups with an authoritarian, democratic or laissez-fair leader. The children were then led in an arts and crafts project. Researchers then observed the behavior of children in response to the different styles of leadership. (more…)

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A blog is a simple, short and immediate way to write about what you have seen and heard when you are involved in an emergency response.  It should be personal without being emotional and objective without being cold or distant.  A well written blog can carry a human interest story to show how the emergency affects people in every aspect of their lives.  It is also a very effective way of drawing attention to what is important and what needs to be done.  Blogs are a great advocacy tool.  Here is one from a simulation of a complex emergency involving refugees.
I don’t know if I’ll ever see them again
The title should be eye catching and intriguing so people want to know what the blog is about.  I usually use something from a quote in the blog.
“I was at the front of the crowd, my husband and children were at the back.  We were running from the fighting that had come into our village.  When I looked round they were gone.  That was a month ago, I don’t know if I’ll ever see them again.”  Bang On a refugee from Camada told me when I met her this morning in the World Vision clinic in Chakuchat village, Saimarea. 
I like to start with a quote, this sets the tone of the story and introduces (more…)

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