Leading and Containing in Higher Education during Covid-19

26 May 2020

Charlotte Williams, a qualified organisational consultant, counsellor, trainer and clinical supervisor at Tavistock Consulting has written an article for the Higher Education Policy Institute.

Student typingThe article offers practical ways in which professionals and academics in positions of leadership can increase emotional containment for other staff and students during the Covid-19 crisis.

Individuals and groups experience emotion in their work life. These emotions motivate and inspire us, as well as disable and distress us. During times of change or crises, anxiety and distress intensifies across an organisation and in response the level of containment provided within an organisation needs to be increased.

Containment is key to supporting the members of the organisation to manage emotions and continue to function and is typically provided through organisational structures and relationships.

Tavistock Consulting is a specialist organisational development and change consultancy working with clients across the health, corporate, education and third sectors as well as in central and local government.


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