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 20: Leadership interventions to improve well-being

E. Kevin Kelloway and Jennifer K. Dimoff


A growing body of literature has focused on the influence that organizational leaders have on employee well-being. Most of this literature has focused on leadership style – the way leaders treat employees – and there is clear evidence linking both negative (e.g., abusive) and positive (e.g., transformational) leadership styles to employee well-being. Leaders can also serve as a health resource in organizations and interventions teaching leaders supportive behaviors have been effective. Finally, we conclude with a consideration of leaders’ own well-being and how it might influence employees.

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