K.A.C. Chandrika


This paper focuses on the common personality characteristics, and contextual factors that lead to leadership behavior in leaders who emerged in the tsunami disaster. As the sample for the study, the researcher selected twenty leaders and forty inmates from seven camps in the area from Panadura to Matara. The data for independent variables, that is, personality factors and contextual factors and the dependent variable, that is, leadership behavior were collected through the administration of two standard questionnaires and one structured questionnaire to leaders and their followers and through in- depth interviews with the leaders. Findings on this study were made in the form of three categories of leadership such as those who chose to lead by serving to satisfy spiritual aspirations, those that emerge in response to the needs of the moment due to perceived-inequity and those that emerge because of their search-for-excellence. The leadership development programs can be tailor made to address these areas for further improvement of leaders in disasters and thereby be more effective in management of disasters.

Keywords: Disaster Management, Fielder’s, Contingency Model, Leadership, Personality, Spirituality


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