Failure of crisis leadership in a global pandemic: some reflections on COVID-19 and future recommendations

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Okoli, J., Arroteia, P.N and Ogunsade, A 2022. Failure of crisis leadership in a global pandemic: some reflections on COVID-19 and future recommendations. Leadership in Health Services. pp. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1108/LHS-06-2022-0061
AuthorsOkoli, J., Arroteia, P.N and Ogunsade, A
Abstract

Being a novel public health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic presented world leaders with difficult options and some serious dilemmas that must somehow be negotiated. Whilst these leaders had limited knowledge about the coronavirus and how the pandemic would potentially evolve, they were still expected to make high-staked judgements amidst a range of uncertainties. The purpose of this paper is to explore the response strategies used by various world leaders from the perspective of crisis leadership within the public health domain. Secondary data was collected from research papers, policy reports and credible media outlets to examine the construct of crisis leadership within the context of the global pandemic. The paper identified three cognitive antecedents to the COVID-19 crisis leadership failures, which helped to explain why certain policy decisions were successful and why others were less so. On this basis, a clear dichotomy was drawn between highly rated leaders and their less successful counterparts in relation to the management and governance of the coronavirus pandemic.
The uniqueness of this paper lies in its psycho-political approach, which offered insights into the cognitive undertones that underpin the three leadership failures that emerged from the distinct approaches used by world leaders to prepare for, respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The practical recommendations proposed in this paper are hoped to aid better decision-making for leaders faced with the task of managing future public health crises

Keywordspublic health crisis; COVID-19; global pandemic
Year2022
JournalLeadership in Health Services
Journal citationpp. 1-14
PublisherEmerald Publishing Limited
ISSN1751-1879
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/LHS-06-2022-0061
Web address (URL)https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/LHS-06-2022-0061/full/html
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online22 Sep 2022
Publication process dates
Accepted29 Aug 2022
Deposited04 Nov 2022
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