Leadership Qualities: On-going Communication…

What You Need To Know About Handwashing

Effective leaders know that the best outcomes are brought about by open and honest, on-going communication.

Imagine for a moment that you went on a luxurious cruise – one that you have saved your entire life to enjoy, or simply an annual vacation.  But, as you approach port the ship is surrounded by coast guard vessels with personnel dressed in hazmat suits.  What goes through your mind?  

Or, imagine the public scare when someone escapes quarantine and is running around in a highly populated area under the threat of a new virus outbreak.  What does the local authority do once he is caught and returned to quarantine for observation?  Apply legal action when they want the public to be aware of how serious the risk is to public health and safety.

Clear communication simply involves the transmission of information.  Without question language is the chief source of communication.   So, all ideas, experiences, feelings, sentiments and knowledge are expressed and transmitted through language and speech.  Thus, communication serves as a

“means of controlling the actions of others and as a cohesive force uniting the members of a particular community.”

(Deeksha, n.d.; http://www.psychologydiscussion.net/social-psychology-2/communication/communication-meaning-components-and-forms/1402).

However, communication networks must be carefully selected an managed in an emergency to maximize group functioning, task performance, member satisfaction, and group solidarity.  Especially in fighting the pandemic of COVID-19 (Ducharme, 2020; https://time.com/5791661/who-coronavirus-pandemic-declaration/), the last thing we need is a highly centralized network which can, under certain circumstances, reduce efficiency, cause peripheral members to feel excluded and dissatisfied, and even reduce group cohesion (Hogg, 2001).

Taking personal responsibility is important.  So, here’s the safest and the most obvious step to take to protect yourself against COVID-19 and other deadly known bacteria like Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, and Helicobacter pylori.  WASH YOUR HANDS!  Here are a few good reasons to keep this habit:

  1. You touch a lot of door handles
  2. Your office desk may have more germs than a toilet seat
  3. Germs are everywhere as you commute
  4. Restaurants are not spotless (Dodgson, 2019; http://www.msn.com/en-xl/lifestyle/health/6-gross-reasons-why-you-should-wash-your-hands-more-often/ar-BB111Rcr?MSCC=1583940005&ocid=spartandhp).

Today, the world is especially concerned with taking precautions against COVID-19. I am too.  So, please take a few minutes and watch the CDC’s March 9, 2020 update on the COVID-19.  It clearly communicates who is at risk and what precautions to take.  It will undoubtedly provide you with information and ease the anxiety that ferments without accurate information.

CDC Briefing Room: COVID-19 Update and Risks

Don’t forget to wash your hands frequantly with water and soap.  For more on the essential value of water see http://ijcar.net/assets/pdf/Vol3-No2-February2016/11.pdf and http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/KeishaAMitchellPhD .  

While practising good hygiene you can sing this little song.

Happy Handwashing Song

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