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Meng, Gaofeng (2023) Professionalism, Leadership and Innovation in Countering the Covid-19 Pandemic: Case Studies of Four Chinese Doctors. London: SOAS School of Law, Gender and Media. Working Paper Series, no.3.

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This article aims to contribute to literature on leadership and leadership development through reviewing China’s early response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In this article, we argue that leadership, professionalism and innovation have been essential in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. These qualities made a considerable difference in this critical situation and played a prominent role in the containment of the Covid-19 virus. We illustrate this by documenting the performance of four Chinese doctors at different stages of the outbreak in Wuhan. These medical professionals were Dr Jixian Zhang who reported the new disease; Dr Yongzhen Zhang, who identified the pathogen behind the outbreak; Dr Nanshan Zhong, who publicized the human-to-human transition and helped the government to put in place significant measures to reduce its impact; and Dr Chen Wang, who proposed and implemented Fangcang shelter hospitals to solve the shortage of hospital beds in Wuhan. They demonstrated that they had the essential traits of leadership-honesty, intelligence, decisiveness but also compassion. We explore the events in China at the start of the pandemic in light of the fact that there are growing signs of conflicting views of what happened when the virus was recognised as a new pathogen.

Item Type: Monographs and Working Papers (Working Paper)
Keywords: The Covid-19 Pandemic, Chinese doctors, Professionalism, Leadership, Trustworthiness, and Innovation
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
ISSN: 2755-379,
Copyright Statement: This belongs to the author
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2023 15:58

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