Study: Good Leadership = Better
Researchers have found a link between good leadership
and increased employee well-being, including decreased sick leave and
disability, reports the Journal of
Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
The researchers looked at studies of the effects of
leadership on a few measures of employee health and well-being, such symptoms
like anxiety, depression, and job stress.
They found that workers were 40 percent more likely
to be in the highest category of job well-being if they had good leadership,
whose definition includes treating employees considerately and truthfully,
providing social support, and providing inspirational motivation and
The researchers also found some evidence linking good
leadership with reduced sick days (27 percent reduction) and disability (46
The researchers note that there haven't been a great
number of high-quality studies targeting the association between leadership and
employee health. However, the few good studies found an important link between
the role of leadership and employee health and well-being.
The research appears in the August issue of the
Journal of Occupational and Environmental