Resilience in action: Leading for resilience in response to COVID-19

Michelle A. Barton, Marlys Christianson, Christopher G. Myers, Kathleen Sutcliffe

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Resilience matters now more than ever in healthcare, with the COVID-19 pandemic putting healthcare providers and systems under unprecedented strain. In popular culture and everyday conversation, resilience is often framed as an individual character trait where some people are better able to cope with and bounce back from adversity than others. Research in the management literature highlights that resilience is more complicated than that-it's not just something you have, it's something you do. Drawing on research on managing unexpected events, coordinating under challenging conditions, and learning in teams, we distill some counter-intuitive findings about resilience into actionable lessons for healthcare leaders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-119
Number of pages3
JournalBMJ Leader
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020


  • behaviour
  • learning
  • management
  • medical leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Strategy and Management
  • Leadership and Management


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