1st Edition

Post-Pandemic Leadership Exploring Solutions to a Crisis

Edited By Morgen Witzel Copyright 2022
    238 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book shows readers how to rethink and reimagine leadership and charts a course towards a new vision of leadership. It outlines lessons to be learned for leadership – not only after the COVID pandemic but also in light of other ongoing crises around issues such as climate change and global inequality.

    The pandemic has shone a harsh spotlight not just on the leaders of organisations but on the concept of leadership itself and the way we lead. Many of those who were in positions of power before the crisis have been found wanting; too often, our idols have turned out to have feet of clay. But does the problem lie with the leaders themselves, or do the roots of the problem lie deeper? Do we need to start rethinking and reimagining the kind of leadership we will need in a post-COVID world? Post-Pandemic Leadership brings voices from every sector to demonstrate what changes we can make in order to make leadership fit for purpose in the twenty-first century.

    Illustrating a need for a radical change in leadership, with leaders focusing much more on human relationships, kindness, fairness, well-being and a general sense of responsibility, this book will be of interest to both established leaders and the next generation of leaders in education and in practice.

    1. Introduction

    Morgen Witzel

    Part I Reflections on Leadership in Crisis

    2. Don’t Lose Your Head: Resilience Through Kindness with the Konyaks of Nagaland

    Justin Featherstone

    3. In Search of Fairness in Leadership

    Gay Haskins and Mike Thomas

    4. The Boy Who Cried Flow: Unicorns and Fabulist Leadership in Times of Covid-19

    Keith Grint and Clare Holt

    5. Leadership in a National Crisis

    Alan Hooper

    6. Spontaneous Leadership

    Ian MacQueen

    7. Calling Time on Leadership Myths

    Stefan Stern

    8. By Force or Fire: African Leadership Must Change or Leave

    Tawanda Mhindurwa

    Part II Future Directions

    9. Seeds Beneath the Snow: Lessons from Anarchist Leadership

    Alison Hogan

    10. Leadersmithing, Mistakes and Remorse

    Eve Poole and Anthony Bash

    11. Addicted to Leadership: From Crisis to Recovery

    Lucie Hartley and Richard Bolden

    12. The Power of Humble: Re-imagining the Power of Leaders after Covid-19

    Morgen Witzel

    13. How Therapists Became the Unlikely Face of Leadership During the Pandemic

    Tanmoy Goswami

    14. Why and How Leaders Can Navigate Reputation Among Multiple Stakeholders

    William S. Harvey

    15. The Future of Cultural Leadership

    Ciara Eastell

    16. Creating Certainty: Learning Leadership During Covid-19

    Mike Cladingbowl and Alison Hooper

    17. Leadership in Crisis: What Lessons Can Be Learned from the NHS Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020-21?

    Simon Hollington

    18. Leadership in Social Enterprises

    Simon Hollington

    19. The Modern Leader: A Focus on Wellbeing

    Liam Hartley and Graham Wilson

    20. Dynamic Amidst Change: Exploring the Role of Millennials and GenZs

    Karl Moore and Lauren Kirigin


    Morgen Witzel is a lecturer and Fellow of the Exeter Centre for Leadership at The University of Exeter Business School, UK. His recent publications include Management: The Basics, 2nd edition (Routledge 2022) and A History of Leadership (Routledge 2019).