04.21.20

COVID-19 & Leadership

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented us with unprecedented challenges at societal, professional, and personal levels. In the healthcare field, we are grappling and coping with tremendous uncertainty about the present and for the future. At the same time, the ongoing crisis presents an opportunity for us to demonstrate leadership as we work with our BMT and Cellular Therapy teams.

In this context, Brian Bolwell, MD, FACP, Chairman of Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute and Professor of Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, a frequent contributor to Oncology Times on leadership in healthcare, has written an excellent article about leading during COVID-19. Early on in the article, he emphasizes the importance of caring for your team and then provides examples of how to lead with transparency and honesty, and the value of communication.  

To summarize his message: “So my advice about how to lead through these new and choppy waters is to go back to the basics. Be honest, transparent, and straight. Do not spin the facts. Ideally, educate and inform on many levels. And let people see who you are. Authenticity goes a long way.”

The complete article can be accessed at: https://journals.lww.com/oncology-times/blog/straighttalkcancercenters/pages/post.aspx?PostID=35

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