Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being
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Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Kathryn M. Page

Almost every person works at some point in their lives. The Research Handbook on Work and Well-Being examines the association of particular work experiences with employee and organizational health and performance.
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Chapter 12: Leadership and employee well-being

Sylvie Vincent-Höper, Friederike Teetzen, Sabine Gregersen and Albert Nienhaus


Leadership as a health-relevant factor is currently a central focus of both research and practice. Accordingly, leaders are more frequently held responsible not only for the success of the organization but also for the well-being of the organization’s employees. Reviews of this topic credit the notion that leadership is related to employee well-being. However, the magnitude of the correlations varies among studies. Therefore, we provide a systematic overview and (first) meta-analytic results of a wide variety of positive leadership concepts and their association with employee well-being. A critical review of the existing research led to the conclusion that it remains unclear how (and when) leaders influence the well-being of their employees. Thus, we present new approaches of health-specific leadership and an agenda for future research that focuses on the (longitudinal) investigation of mediators and moderators to overcome the limitations of the current research and to expand the knowledge of this research field.

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