Improving employee wellbeing through leadership development

Authored by: Maria Karanika-Murray , Henna Hasson , Ulrica von Thiele Schwarz , Anne Richter

The Routledge Companion to Wellbeing at Work

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138955943
eBook ISBN: 9781315665979
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Good leadership is essential for organizational effectiveness and a source of competitive advantage (Day, 2001; Riggio, 2008). Over the last few decades a substantial body of research has been accumulated that shows that leadership is linked to a surprisingly broad array of outcomes of importance to the organization and individual employees. At the same time, the market for leadership development has shown continuous growth, with organizations investing considerable financial and other resources in this. However, there is surprisingly little research that directly and explicitly tests the relationship between leadership development and employee outcomes such as performance and wellbeing. This may be based on an implicit but also erroneous assumption that investment in leadership development will readily translate into desirable employee outcomes, and in particular in terms of the health and wellbeing of employees.

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