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Webinar (Live) Event 
Existential threats and emotional wisdom for
leaders and managers


The phrase “existential threat” is currently used in many contexts to describe threats to forms of existence. Existential threats can be threats to the environment, the globe, individuals, nations, companies, technologies, and cultures. Existential threats get in the way of putting existence into perspective. They interfere with strategic thinking, taking a “step back” and thinking from the “balcony” or “helicopter thinking.”


Responding to existential threats proactively requires wise leadership. Wise leadership can rise above the anxiety and terror experienced in existential threats. Wise leaders can project themselves into the future, develop new visions and open possibilities for others to see and act on.


Philosophy and psychology offer us the emotional wisdom to respond proactively to the lived experience of danger felt in existential threats. Embracing threats requires not only resilience but resolve.


This 2-hour webinar will look at the role of emotional wisdom in responding to existential threats. The focus will be on leadership philosophies and examples from Machiavelli to Mandela.



$120.00 ex GST

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Some of the questions to be addressed include:


  • What are existential threats? 

  • What differentiates them from other threats?

  • What is the relationship between existential threats and existential philosophy and psychology?

  • Why should leaders understand existential threats?

  • What are the differences between proactive and reactive responses to existential threats?

  • What are the emotional skills and attunements for working effectively with existential threats?

  • What is emotional wisdom?

  • What is the role of leadership under conditions of existential threat? 

  • How is it different from intelligence – cognitive and emotional intelligence?

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Presenter: Dr Steven Segal

About the presenter

Dr Steven Segal is a registered and practising Psychologist. He was appointed Associate Professor of Management at Macquarie University, Sydney where he taught psychology and philosophy in the context of management and leadership.


Dr Segal has conducted professional development workshops in a range of areas including leadership, education, psychology and psychotherapy. He brings a unique combination of psychology, philosophy, management education and leadership to enable professionals at all levels to develop their practice.

Themes which have driven his interest in psychology and philosophy include anxiety and depression. He has always been focused on the practical application of philosophy which gives him an additional and helpful lens in his practice as a psychologist. Utilising philosophy, he enables clients to gain insight into themselves and the social context in which they live. He has an action orientated view of philosophical reflection and believes that action and reflection form an ongoing cycle on the psychotherapeutic journey. ​


Dr Segal’s Masters and PhD focus on educational frameworks for working with anxiety and despair. His most recent research project focused on the challenging psychological experiences involved in management and leadership development. ​


He has published two books which both deal with anxiety and emotion in the context of management:

  • Business Feel and Management Practice, and

  • Creative Destruction: Existential Skills for Inquiring Managers, Researchers and Educators. ​

He has edited books including Face to Face with Management Practice and been the section editor of the Handbook on Managerial Philosophy. Dr Segal has published over 30 peer-reviewed scholarly articles in a range of disciplines including philosophy, psychology, and management.

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