COVID-19, leadership and lessons from physics

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‘Major events usually unfold unpredictably. So the trick is knowing when to wait, despite the costs of delay, and when to act despite unforeseen consequences.’2, (p. 188) Crises such as bushfires, floods and COVID-19 present numerous challenges for leaders. Leaders have to detect incoming issues in a fast-changing situation and make sense of a dynamic threat with limited information 3 and in response have to make critical decisions and coordinate action.3 In times of crisis, people look to leadership and leadership looks to people.4 Communities and staff watch and respond to leaders, and this shapes their view of leadership. COVID-19 has provided many opportunities to observe and reflect on leadership at the international, national and local levels.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-235
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Journal of Rural Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2020


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