Research also shows “Workplace stress is as big a threat to responder wellbeing as trauma exposure.” - the Lifelines Essential #8.
Professor Cary Cooper, President of the British Academy of Management, said we should “pin a sign to every office door reading ‘Your manager is potentially dangerous to your mental health’”!
However, the good news is that the opposite is also true and good leadership is associated with staff wellbeing, morale and good mental health. It is a key part of your Protective Armour.
If you’ve experienced good management, you will know how that feels. They are the leaders who set clear and achievable tasks, communicate well and build strong teams. They give us some control, recognise and appreciate hard work, inspire us to do our best and generally have our back.
These qualities are equally helpful whether the manager is leading a response to a major incident, training new team members or supporting someone who is off sick.