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Public sector leadership during the COVID-19 crisis in Ghana

Komla D. Dzigbede (Department of Public Administration, State University of New York, Binghamton, New York, USA)
Anthony M. Ivanov (Department of Public Administration, State University of New York, Binghamton, New York, USA)

International Journal of Public Leadership

ISSN: 2056-4929

Article publication date: 25 April 2023

Issue publication date: 24 May 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This article examines public sector leadership during the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana. It focuses on the Bank of Ghana – the nation's central bank responsible for monetary policy and financial sector leadership – and examines the critical leadership attributes that the central bank demonstrated through its administrative and policy responses to the crisis.

Design/methodology/approach

Text-based content analysis is the method of investigation in this study. The analysis relies on textual data from the Bank of Ghana's monetary policy committee press briefings. The textual data are analyzed in three steps, namely pre-analysis, analysis and interpretation to identify patterns, themes and emphases and to make inferences about the central bank's public sector leadership during the coronavirus crisis in Ghana.

Findings

The findings from textual analysis of monetary policy committee press briefings show that the central bank demonstrated several criteria of effective public service leadership during the crisis, namely sensemaking, critical decision-making, communication, accountability, adaptability and, to an extent, learning. However, the textual evidence suggests that the Bank of Ghana needs to broaden its collaboration and coordination across a wider spectrum of stakeholders in economic crisis management, while not compromising its policy independence.

Originality/value

This article contributes to the emerging literature on public sector leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. It provides a unique perspective on public sector leadership through the lens of economic crisis management in a developing country context.

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Citation

Dzigbede, K.D. and Ivanov, A.M. (2023), "Public sector leadership during the COVID-19 crisis in Ghana", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 19 No. 2, pp. 142-157. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPL-05-2022-0028

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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