Review: Pandemic provides defining moment for government leaders

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Review: Pandemic provides defining moment for government leaders

Review: Pandemic provides defining moment for government leaders

This article highlights how government officials can communicate with the public during crises to showcase their leadership in challenging circumstances.

Government leaders’ crisis management strategies during COVID-19 will be the defining legacy of their terms. Their role is to not only share information but also to communicate that someone is in charge who has a plan to help their city, state, and/or nation overcome the crisis situation. To be effective, government leaders must be visible, provide timely information, and heed the advice of public health experts and other knowledgeable staff members. Communicating a clear plan, and its changes, in a reassuring and persuasive way provides comfort and leads to more trust among citizens. Constituents carefully watch how leaders handle crises and judge them on their response to difficult challenges. Therefore, remaining calm and “normal” will incite confidence in our governors and other leaders.

|2020-04-09T10:34:23-04:00April 9th, 2020|COVID-19 Literature|Comments Off on Review: Pandemic provides defining moment for government leaders

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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