Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 34(2) June 2021 : 54-61.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2021.26529
Leadership Innovations

A Pandemic Leadership Program for Managers to Enhance Staff Resiliency and Psychological Safety during COVID-19

Hamida Bhimani, Dorothy Dziunikowski, Valerie D’Paiva, Nilusha Jiwani-Ebrahim, Julia Roitenberg and Rosanra Yoon


The Public Health Branch of the Regional Municipality of York created a specialized team to ensure a people-centred approach for the deployment of the workforce during COVID-19. Due to increasing stress and staff burnout, there was an apparent need for enhanced leadership supports that would expand the skills of managers to apply participative management competencies and resiliency strategies within their teams. A range of leadership development activities were designed that included ready-to-use actionable tools, best practice interventions for resiliency development and comprehensive initiatives, such as mentorship and debriefing. Benefits include manager capacity development resulting in improvements in organizational resilience and psychological safety.



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