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525 | Coaching Business Leaders in Attachment Response Training: A Pathway to Transformational Leadership

Executive and Leadership Coaching and Organizational Psychology, Friday 9/15 4:15 – 5:30 PM, Workshop Tracks


Jamie Klemashevich, Ph.D.; Ronald Collins, Jr., MBA



Approved For CE

Pastors, Pastoral Counselors, Lay Counselors, Coaches

Approved For CME/CEU




Researchers have started applying attachment theory, commonly used in counseling, to the workplace in employee relations literature. Attachment style predicts workplace dynamics, such as leader-follower relationships (LMX), trustworthiness perceptions, organizational commitment, proactive behavior, responses to organizational change, and attachment to workplaces. In an era of instability, attachment theory provides tools for leaders to increase performance and decrease turnover. Further, leaders can provide resources that specifically address attachment styles, as employees with secure attachment styles demonstrate greater organizational involvement, higher performance, and lower turnover. Coaches play an integral role in training Christian leaders to apply interventions that promote secure attachments, reflecting God as the ideal attachment figure and demonstrating transformational leadership. Attachment Response Training provides tools drawn from attachment-based counseling theories, such as Trust-Based Relational Intervention and Emotionally Focused Therapy, to equip business leaders with simple strategies for promoting secure attachment in the workplace. These relational strategies reflect the value of LMX and transformational leadership, promoting efficacy and relational ethics in the workplace.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe how attachment styles manifest in the workplace
2. Outline the literature addressing the role of attachment in workplace dynamics and describe its significance to current workplace-related concerns
3. Prepare to teach strategies that Christian leaders can apply in the workplace to promote secure attachment relationships and relate those strategies to God as the ultimate attachment figure
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