Crisis leadership during COVID-19: the response of ASEAN and EU regional leaders

Loi, Nguyen and Oleksandr, Tkachenko and Oliver, Crocco and Victoria, Jonathan (2022) Crisis leadership during COVID-19: the response of ASEAN and EU regional leaders. Human Resource Development International, 25 (3). pp. 381-399. ISSN 1469-8374

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The COVID-19 pandemic has tested the leadership in organizations of all sizes, industries, and geographic areas. Although substantive literature exists on leadership during a crisis, less attention has been paid to regional leadership and leaders’ response during a crisis. The critical roles that regional organizations such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU) play in a crisis call for a better understanding of how these organizations and their leaders respond to regional crises. This paper provides a comparative insight into regional leaders’ crisis leadership and communication approaches in ASEAN and the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. We describe the response timelines of the two regional organizations and highlight the significant roles of regional leaders in coordinating and implementing regional responses during a crisis, including providing consistent communication and collective leadership to facilitate cooperation, solidarity, and efforts towards recovery. We provide implications for HRD research and practice, specifically around the role of regional leaders in creating and implementing Regional HRD mechanisms in response to crises.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: COVID-19
Uncontrolled Keywords: Crisis leadership; regional leadership; leadership communication; COVID-19; Association of Southeast Asian Nations; European Union.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development
Depositing User: Jonathan
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2022 02:52
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2022 02:52

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