DR STEVEN SEGAL: THE IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL HEALTH FOR DEVELOPING MANAGERS AND LEADERS


Despite the coronavirus pandemic exacerbating the turn to mental health and wellbeing, organisational development programs and management education processes fail to highlight the importance of mental health concerns in the training and education of management. Yet it is often the case that the way in which a novice manager or leader responds to experiences of uncertainty, stress and anxiety is important for the way in which the character, resilience and psychological flexibility required to deal with the complexity and uncertainty of being a manager develops.


Most novice managers and leaders are themselves unaware of the way in which mental health concerns are central parts of their experience towards becoming a leader or manager. The terms in which novice managers and leaders think about their personal development experience ar