Chapter 4: Leadership and well-being
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Employees' well-being, and leaders' influence on employees' well-being, are commonly studied topics in organizational research. Yet research on leaders' own well-being remains sparse. In this chapter, we highlight existing research on leaders' psychological and physical well-being and suggest an agenda for future research on the topic. In doing so, we explicitly incorporate literature from different disciplines such as medicine and political science that have focused on leaders' psychological and physical well-being, and address ethical issues involved in researching these topics. A primary focus of our chapter is on how leaders' sex and gender-based discrimination at work may influence leaders' well-being, and we discuss the unique experiences of both women and men leaders. We conclude by offering ideas for research on how being a member of the LGBTQ+ community could influence leaders' well-being, and how organizations can support LGBTQ+ leaders.

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