A Survey of your Experiences as a Leader during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Dear Colleague,

We invite you to participate in a research study about leadership in healthcare during the covid-19 pandemic, by answering a survey. This survey is only for those with a formal leadership role in healthcare, so please answer these questions only if you have a job title that includes words such as 'director' or 'manager' or 'chief' or 'head' or 'supervisor' or other similar leadership term. This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board of Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Answering this survey should only take about twelve minutes of your time. By answering this survey, you are giving consent to participate in this research. Participation in this survey is purely voluntary. If you do not wish to participate you can ignore this invitation. We do not foresee any risks in participation. Responding to this survey will not affect your job performance. All individual responses in this survey will be anonymous, and data will only be reported in aggregate. Through this survey we are trying to identify the challenges and barriers leaders such as you experienced during the pandemic, the personal effects you experienced, and the methods you used to face the challenges and perform self-care. We are also trying to identify important lessons of leadership, especially crisis leadership, learned by you during the pandemic. Your answers will generate knowledge that will help educate leaders, and help them be prepared for future crises, or for a worsening of the current pandemic.

The results of this survey will be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. We are also happy to directly send you the results prior to publication, if you provide your email. If you have questions about this research, please contact Dr. K. S. Gautham at gksuresh@bcm.edu. 

We thank you for sparing your valuable time if you do decide to participate in this survey.

To start answering this survey, please proceed to the first question below. 


K. S. Gautham, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of Neonatology
Baylor College of Medicine,  Houston, TX
Lakshmi Katakam, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
NICU Medical Director, Texas Childrens Hospital, Houston, TX
Ryan McAdams, MD
Chief of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, WI

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* 1. Please indicate which of the following challenges you personally encountered as a  leader during the covid-19 pandemic, or witnessed other leader colleagues encounter. Select all that apply:

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* 2. Please indicate the specific barriers that you personally encountered as a  leader, or witnessed other leader colleagues encounter during the covid-19 pandemic. Select all that apply:

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* 3. Please indicate some specific methods that you used successfully to handle the challenges and barriers listed above during the covid-19 pandemic, or witnessed other leader colleagues use. Select all that apply:

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* 4. Please indicate what personal effects you and your leader colleagues experienced during the covid-19 pandemic. Select all that apply:

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* 5. Please indicate what methods of self-care you and your leader colleagues used during the covid-19 pandemic, based on your personal experience and that of your leader colleagues. Select all that apply:

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* 6. In your unit, compared to the pre-pandemic period, there was less attention and effort focused on other (non-covid) quality and safety projects during the covid-19 pandemic period. Please agree or disagree:

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* 7. Reflecting on your experience with leading during the pandemic, what lessons or principles did you learn, or gain insight into, about successful leadership during a pandemic?

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* 8. Under the 'new-normal' of work going forward, which of the following areas are you changing significantly in your unit or department? Please select all that apply

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