Leveraging Culture and Leadership to Successfully Return to Business
Two key factors are greatly influencing pandemic responses and outcomes
Two key factors are greatly influencing pandemic responses and outcomes across the globe: culture and leadership style. As businesses begin to reopen and return to “normal” operations, it’s vital they understand the roles that culture and leadership play in doing so seamlessly and effectively.
COVID-19 AND LEADERSHIP AROUND THE WORLD
The first step is to understand that different countries around the world have responded differently to COVID-19 due to underlying cultural factors. Although no culture is perfect, some countries are clearly faring better in their pandemic responses on key health markers. We can also imagine that they will do better on economic markers as they return to normal.
In terms of the country rankings, the U.S. leads in case rate increases, followed by Brazil, Russia, India and the UK (Johns Hopkins University, June 22, 2020). On the other side of the coin, most Asian and African nations have done well in their mitigation efforts, with only South Africa appearing in the top 20 nations in case rates.
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