Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

Leading in hard times


The guidance outlined in this report is tailored explicitly for the very difficult conditions public service leaders find themselves in, due to the global financial crisis, the subsequent recession and the reduction of the UK’s budget deficit.








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This report focuses in particular on the leadership responsibilities of those in very senior roles, whether executive or non-executive.

It is essential reading for ministers, chairs of boards, leaders of local authorities and others in elected or non-executive leadership roles, and it also relevant for permanent secretaries, chief executives, chief finance officers and other directors, and heads charged with leadership of vital public services.