Research: When Leaders Disclose a Chronic Illness at Work

Research: When Leaders Disclose a Chronic Illness at Work

The majority of leaders who were open about their condition didn’t regret it.

August 23, 2023

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  • Living with a chronic illness (e.g., diabetes, cancer, depression etc.) is a growing reality many leaders face. But disclosing your illness when you’re in a position of leadership can feel fraught. In this article, the authors outline the findings of their research on chronic illness disclosure and offer a series of questions to ask yourself if you’re discerning whether to disclose or not.

    The rise of chronic illness among people of working age is a major cause for concern. Sixty percent of Americans are managing at least one chronic health condition, and this is projected to increase with the rise of long Covid.


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      Peter Ghin is a Research Fellow based at the Future of Work Lab at the University of Melbourne. His research explores a diversity of future of work related topics including; the impact of chronic illness in the workplace and the role of remote working in enabling metro-to-rural internal migration patterns during COVID-19. Peter is also a founding director of the management consultancy Cultural Value, which works with organizations to support chronic illness employment pathways.


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      Mladen Adamovic is a senior lecturer in Leadership at Kings College in the UK. His research, teaching, and workshops focus on leadership and well-being.


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