Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 4-25-2023


Public sector leadership, COVID-19 crisis, central bank, Ghana, Developing countries


This article examines public sector leadership during the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic in Ghana. It focuses on the Bank of Ghana–the nation’s central bank responsible for monetary policy and financial sector leadership–and examines the critical leadership attributes that the central bank demonstrated through its administrative and policy responses to the crisis. The findings from textual analysis of monetary policy committee press briefings show that the central bank demonstrated several criteria of effective public service leadership during the crisis, namely sensemaking, critical decision-making, communication, accountability, adaptability and, to an extent, learning. However, the textual evidence suggests that the Bank of Ghana needs to broaden its collaboration and coordination across a wider spectrum of stakeholders in economic crisis management, while not compromising its policy independence.

Publisher Attribution

This article is published in the International Journal of Public Leadership and published by Emerald Publishing Limited.

Copyright © 2023, Emerald Publishing Limited



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