Academic journal article Frontiers of Health Services Management

Editorial

Academic journal article Frontiers of Health Services Management

Editorial

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IN AN INTERVIEW with New Statesman, Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, a Bangladeshi economist, ended his remarks with a statement that reflects his belief in people's ability to survive and grow despite the worst of circumstances. His words were, "Human beings have enormous resilience" (Hasan 2012). This fundamental belief was played out through the success of his microlending bank, Grameen Bank, as he helped bring thousands of impoverished people out of poverty. Although his innovative model of banking paved their way, the people Yunus served had to find in themselves the resilience to believe and thrive despite years of desperate economic conditions and turmoil.

Most of us have not experienced the kind of poverty in which Grameen Bank's customers lived, but we in healthcare find our capacity for resilience challenged in other high-impact circumstances. Lives are in the balance daily in the work of healthcare's leadership; as feature authors Robert J. Wicks, PsyD, and Tina C. Buck put it, "as leaders faced with daily challenges that have lifeand-death consequences, we risk professional and personal catastrophe if we disengage from our staff, our patients, and ourselves. …

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