Global Leadership Response to COVID-19: ANZAC Leadership on Top whilst USA Ranks at the Bottom
By: Institute of Certified Management Accountants
The results are published in a paper titled GRIDTM Index 2: Ostrich Leadership and Ostrich Reactions by the Institute of Certified Management Accountants (Australia). The GRID index ranks how efficiently and effectively a country's leadership and health system handled COVID-19. The first iteration released in April, received world-wide media coverage.
Dr Chris D'Souza, principle developer of the GRID index observes that, "difference between good and bad leadership will be the difference between life and death for many people. Good leaders have put health of their citizens above all other concerns; bad leaders seem to have mixed motives juggling between economy and health; ugly leaders have been affected by a mix of authoritarianism, over-confidence, self-interest and mostly the 'ostrich effect' in their response."
Countries that have performed well have formed an exclusive 'first movers club', to learn from each other's experiences. This club consists of Denmark, Norway, Greece, the Czech Republic, Israel, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia. Dr D'Souza states that, "These countries have come out of the crisis with 'flying colours'; and are cautiously reopening their economies. It is no surprise that most of these countries are currently highly placed on the GRIDTM Index 2 (about:blank)"
The responses of all four BRIC countries - Brazil, Russia, India and China are ranked in the 'Bad' category on the index; whilst UK, USA, Italy and Spain are ranked in the 'Ugly' category. USA's bottom ranking is mainly due to the Trump administration's self-centred, haphazard, and tone-deaf response that will end up costing Americans trillions of dollars and thousands of otherwise preventable deaths.
Dr D'Souza agrees with President Obama who said: "It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mindset of 'what's in it for me' and 'to heck with everybody else', when that mindset is operationalised in our government".
Dr D'Souza recognizes that ranking countries on leadership response is highly complex as numbers vary, often inexplicably, between countries. Global metropolises such as New York, Paris and London have been devastated, while teeming cities such as Bangkok, Baghdad, New Delhi and Lagos have – so far – largely been spared.
He says, "The question of why the virus has overwhelmed some places and left others relatively untouched is a puzzle that has spawned numerous theories and speculations but no definitive answers. The more we get to understand this complexity, the more we can fine tune our GridTM Index algorithm."