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12/16/2021

Leadership During Covid-19: New Report on Trends and Outcomes from DRI International and Harvard National Preparedness Leadership Initiative

Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI), the leading nonprofit in business continuity and resilience training, has joined with Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) to develop a new report, “Covid-19: An Analysis of Leadership Styles and Outcomes.” This research uses the coronavirus pandemic to inform future preparedness and response efforts.
“For the resilience community and executive leadership across all industries, the pandemic has become the challenge of their careers,” said Chloe Demrovsky, President and CEO of DRI International. “This report offers an insightful look at the extraordinary responses by leaders in the public and private sectors, and will provide a roadmap for navigating the next crisis, whatever form it may take.”
Researchers interviewed executives across multiple industries – including aviation, energy, education, healthcare, manufacturing, engineering, technology and retail – to gain understanding of their “meta-leadership” capabilities, a holistic view leaders use when managing complex crisis situations.
“We were delighted with the participants’ contributions – impressing the interview team with their frankness about things that had happened,” said Lyndon Bird, DRI Chief Knowledge Officer. “All the interviewees agreed that the process had added value to their understanding of the most challenging period of their professional lives. The interview team certainly learned a lot, some which surprised us and much which really inspired us.”
Some key takeaways:
1. Situational awareness is crucial – the better information you obtain quickly, the greater your ability to make the correct decisions early.
2. Getting all stakeholders involved early in the response can be done with empathy, encouragement and recognition.
3. Honestly, consistency, and strong corporate values are essential.
4. Communication is vital to keep employees and stakeholders aware of what is happening and why.
5. Business continuity specialists should be key players during a crisis.
The report is free for download from DRI’s library at: https://drii.org/crm/presentationlibrary?plsharekey=8f7eff3ea935c36
From NPLI: https://bit.ly/covidaar
Chloe Demrovsky, Lyndon Bird, and Eric McNulty are available for interviews:
cdemrovsky@drii.org
lbird@drii.org
emcnulty@hsph.harvard.edu

About DRI International:
Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) is the oldest and largest nonprofit that helps organizations around the world prepare for and recover from disasters by providing education, accreditation, and thought leadership in business continuity, disaster recovery, cyber resilience and related fields. Founded in 1988, DRI has certified 15,000+ resilience professionals in 100+ countries and at 95 percent of Fortune 100 companies.

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