The COVID crisis changed the way we live our lives, both personally and professionally. Social isolation, loneliness, economic instability, uncertain future – all of these and other factors, connected to COVID pandemic, contributed to 53% of adults in the United States reporting high anxiety and stress level (Panchal et al., 2020). Leaders are not exempt from experiencing them.

The focus of the TLJ issue is on leading self and others in times of crisis. We invite researchers to explore how leaders respond to psychological challenges presented by the pandemic. In particular, we are interested to see research focused on how timeless truths help leaders cope with emotional and psychological challenges they and people on their teams experience in this crisis. How can leaders streamline the work in their organizations when dealing with people in distress and isolation?

While we will review any article pertinent to the Journal, we are especially interested in articles with the following topics:

  1. Leaders coping with personal psychological distress: comparative analysis of Christian faith-based response and responses of leaders who identify themselves with other religions / as agnostics / as atheists.
  2. Timeless truths that leaders use to encourage their team members: what Christian truths resonate with people on the teams in times of crisis.
  3. Organizational culture as a well-watered garden in a sun-scorched land: what organizational values become vital for a team’s emotional survival in times of the pandemic.
  4. How does a leader’s role change in the times of crisis?
  5. Reflecting Christ in leading through pandemic: principles and guidelines, which help promote emotional / psychological / spiritual health of people on the team.
  6. Moving to e-leadership: What character traits and skills become most important when working with people in isolation?
  7. Building work community in isolation: What practices help promote unity among geographically dispersed and emotionally stressed individuals?

Panchal, N., Kamal, R., Muñana, C., Aug 21, P. C. P., & 2020. (2020, August 21). The Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use. KFF.