Review: Enhancing crisis leadership in public health emergencies

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Review: Enhancing crisis leadership in public health emergencies

Review: Enhancing crisis leadership in public health emergencies

This commentary identifies attributes of successful crises leadership and proposes strategies to teach these attributes to public health leaders.

Under circumstances of extreme stress, crisis leaders must recognize the crisis, make rapid decisions based on limited knowledge, communicate effectively, and balance centralization with delegation. Based on reviews of crisis leadership in multiple disciplines, the authors posit the following attributes for effective public health crisis leaders:

  • Competence in public health science
  • Decisiveness
  • Situational awareness
  • Coordination
  • Communication
  • Trustworthiness

Crisis skills leadership will better prepare public health response leaders to exhibit innovation and take initiative during extremely trying circumstances.

|2020-04-29T08:59:21-04:00April 29th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|0 Comments

About the Author: Maria Brann

Maria Brann
Dr. Maria Brann, PhD, MPH, is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and affiliate faculty with the Injury Control Research Center at West Virginia University. She explores the integration of health, interpersonal, and gender communication. Her translational focus and mixed methods approach are woven throughout her health vulnerabilities research, which advocates for more effective communication to improve people’s health and safety. Her primary research interests focus on the study of women’s and ethical issues in health communication contexts and promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors to improve personal and public health and safety. She researches communication at both the micro and macro levels and studies how communication influences relationships among individuals and with the social world.

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