Leaders: Looking after your teams

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As a leader, your key role is always to guide and support your team. In a crisis like the current pandemic, this becomes more challenging – you might be experiencing disrupted communication and work patterns, on top of acute pressure to deliver. To compound the difficulty, the people in your team will not always react to pressure in the ways you expect – some may have strong emotional reactions, while others may appear to withdraw, not asking for help when they need it.

This one-page guide from Our NHS People explores what you can do as a leader to ensure your team feels supported during this tough time. It includes tips on managing their mental wellbeing, paying attention to the needs of individuals, and building on your collective strength. While it was written with leaders from the NHS in mind, it will be suitable for anyone leading a team in a sector which has been disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis.

You can choose to make an account on the Our NHS People site, even if you do not work for the NHS. This allows you to track your progress through this guide and many others, and lets you return to the place you left off if you have to stop part way through a section. Click here to create an account or log in. However, you do not need to make an account to access it if you’d prefer not to.

To see the full list of guides available from Our NHS People, click here.

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