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Crisis leadership during COVID-19: the role of governors in the United States

Abdul-Akeem Sadiq (School of Public Administration, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA)
Naim Kapucu (School of Public Administration, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA)
Qian Hu (School of Public Administration, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA)

International Journal of Public Leadership

ISSN: 2056-4929

Article publication date: 8 December 2020

Issue publication date: 4 February 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this viewpoint article is to understand crisis leadership during COVID-19 by examining the decision-making with respect to implementing COVID-19 mitigation measures, collaboration with stakeholders, and communication strategies of the governors of the States of California, Texas, Florida, and New York in the United States.

Design/methodology/approach

This viewpoint article employs information from the extant literature on crisis leadership and secondary sources to understand the four governor's crisis leadership strategies during COVID-19.

Findings

Governors Gavin Newsom of California and Andrew Cuomo of New York made quicker decisions regarding implementing COVID-19 mitigation measures (e.g. shutting down the economy, mandating physical distancing, issuing stay-at-home orders, mandating wearing face covering in public and issuing a state of emergency) compared to Governors Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida. In addition, all four governors collaborated with state and local governments, private entities, and nonprofits to address COVID-19. Finally, all four governors held some form of briefing on COVID-19 on a regular basis and used different media to get their information out to the public.

Originality/value

This viewpoint article uses decision-making regarding implementation of mitigation strategies, collaboration with stakeholders, and crisis communication strategy to understand governors' crisis leadership during COVID-19.

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Citation

Sadiq, A.-A., Kapucu, N. and Hu, Q. (2021), "Crisis leadership during COVID-19: the role of governors in the United States", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 17 No. 1, pp. 65-80. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPL-08-2020-0071

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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