H-POD’s co-directors, Jean-Louis Denis and Catherine Régis as well as Miriam Cohen and Pierre Larouche are invited to join the discussion. On September 17, they will discuss their paper on the role of the World Health Organization and its leadership during a pandemic.
During a pandemic of such scale and severity as Covid-19, there is demand for proactive and decisive political leadership (Ansell, Boin & Hart, 2014). A pandemic is a perfect example of an extreme context that also creates an ambiguous space, bundling together individuals, organizations, communities and whole societies. Leadership in such extreme contexts and ambiguous spaces has become a pre-eminent question in political and sociological literature(Hannah & Uhl-Bien, 2009; Ospina et al., 2020). In order to reconcile these different requirements to effectively tame the pandemic, a new form of meta-systemic leadership is needed – one that combines clarity of goals and advice, solid expertise and effective networking with national leaders – in order to ensure the legitimacy and effectiveness of global public health interventions, like those of international organizations. Learn more.