Symposium 1888 - Leadership And Health: Perspectives Of Leaders And Employees

Leadership and followership
Friday May 19   09:00 AM to 10:00 AM (1 hour)
Lynch Theatre
Leadership and management
Leadership and followership
Leadership and Health: Perspectives of leaders and employees
I. Inceoglu 1,*, N. Turner 2, N. Wirtz 3, O. Weigelt 4, G. Thomas 5, C. Chu 5, D. Plans 5, A. Gerbasi 5, T. Rigotti 3, A. Zill 6, P. Bruning 7, S. Hershcovis 2, S. Fung-Chang 8, C.-Y. Li 9
1University of Surrey, Guildford, 2University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, 3University of Mainz, Mainz, 4University of Hagen, Hagen, Germany, 5University of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom, 6University of Chemnitz, Chemnitz, Germany, 7University of New Brunswick at Fredericton, Fredericton, Canada, 8China Medical University, 9National Taipei College of Nursing, Taiwan, Taiwan, Province of China
Main Abstract Content:  
Leadership and Health: Perspectives of leaders and employees
Chair: Ilke Inceoglu, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey
State of the art
Leadership behaviour has a significant impact on the behaviour, performance and wellbeing of employees. While a large body of research has focused on the effect of leadership on wellbeing in the form of job satisfaction and job strains, little research has examined the specific psychological processes that result in negative employee health outcomes and the effect of leadership health on employee health.
New Perspectives/Contributions
This symposium provides fresh insights into leadership and health by considering both the perspectives of leaders and employees in the leadership process.
The paper by Turner, Bruning, Hershcovis, Sung Li and Chen examines the extent to which interpersonal stressors from different organizational sources (co-workers, supervisors, senior managers) influence the job-related physical health of non-injured and injured employees who had returned to work. Weigelt and Zill’s study investigates the link between employee conflict with supervisors and employee rumination, and the extent to which reconciliation can restore well-being.
Two literature reviews specifically focus on the health of leaders (Wirtz & Rigotti) and the psychological mechanisms at play through which the health of leaders affects the health of employees (Inceoglu, Thomas, Chu, Plans & Gerbasi): What factors predict leaders’ psychological and physical wellbeing? How does the health of leaders affect the health of followers? What evidence can we draw on to develop interventions to improve the wellbeing of leaders?
Research/Practical Implications
Findings have theoretical implications for better managing leaders’ and employee health and developing a future research agenda that explicitly considers both perspectives. 


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