Publication Date

Summer 2017

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Randy Capps (Director), Tony Norman, and Shane Spiller

Degree Program

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

Degree Type

Doctor of Education


The purpose of this research was to study the characteristics of leaders who have experienced a setback or failure and have bounced back to success. A qualitative research design employing an interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA) methodology was used. Semi-structured interviews with open ended questions allowed the respondents to share valuable insights into the thoughts, feelings, and perceptions of their individual experiences. The results suggest that after experiencing a setback, a process develops where feelings and thoughts are experienced immediately following the event that is followed by a period of coping and adapting, a transition to a resilient state, and behavioral changes that lead to bouncing back.


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