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Blunders aside, most Australians believe state premiers have been effective leaders during pandemic

New research shows WA Premier Mark McGowan has been rated highest in terms of leadership for the greater good, while Victorian leader Dan Andrews has surprisingly held steady through the second wave.
A lifeguard disinfects mattresses used to slide down a water slide in Bromont, Que., in June 2020 as water parks reopened in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Managers must listen to workers of all ages on COVID-19 safety

Clear and consistent safety messaging in workplaces is imperative for employees both young and old.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets US President Donald Trump at the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly. Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/PA Images

Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and the dangers of excessive positivity

'Prozac leaders' believe their own rhetoric that "everything is going well". But this wishful thinking can quickly contaminate organisations, and has been disastrous during the pandemic.
President Donald Trump at the Tulsa campaign rally, where he said he had slowed down COVID-19 testing to keep the numbers low. Win McNamee/Getty Images

Leaders like Trump fail if they cannot speak the truth and earn trust

The absence of trust in a nation's leader and government jeopardizes an effective response to a health crisis. It also creates a political crisis, a loss of faith in democracy.
The official opening and handover of a COVID-19 quarantine centre in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images

How leadership matters in healthcare – especially in a crisis

The healthcare sector should focus on employee engagement and fostering meaningful relationships between staff. Leaders must show empathy and help staff deal with the trauma they may be experiencing.
On June 26, Texas’ governor ordered bars to close as COVID-19 case numbers spiked, particularly among younger adults. This Houston bar, photographed in late May, voluntarily shut down shortly before the order after two staff members tested positive for the coronavirus. Mark Felix/AFP/Getty Images

COVID-19 messes with Texas: What went wrong, and what other states can learn as younger people get sick

Texas hospitals are filling up with new COVID-19 cases, and many of the people falling ill are young.

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