Leader behavior as a determinant of health at work: Specification and evidence of five key pathways

Wegge, Jurgen, Shemla, Meir and Haslam, S. Alexander (2014) Leader behavior as a determinant of health at work: Specification and evidence of five key pathways. Zeitschrift fur Personalforschung, 28 1-2: 6-23. doi:10.1688/ZfP-2014-01-Wegge

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Author Wegge, Jurgen
Shemla, Meir
Haslam, S. Alexander
Title Leader behavior as a determinant of health at work: Specification and evidence of five key pathways
Journal name Zeitschrift fur Personalforschung   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0179-6437
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1688/ZfP-2014-01-Wegge
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 28
Issue 1-2
Start page 6
End page 23
Total pages 18
Place of publication Mering, Germany
Publisher Rainer Hampp Verlag
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract The extent to which leadership influences employee health and the processes that underlie its effects are not well understood at present. With the aim of filling this gap, we review four distinct forms of leader behavior (task-oriented, relationship-oriented, change-oriented, and passive/destructive) and clarify the different ways in which these can be expected to have a bearing on employee health. Next, we present a model that integrates and extends these insights. This model describes five pathways through which leader behavior can influence the health of organizational members and summarizes what we know about the most important determinants, processes (mediators) and moderators of these relationships. These involve leaders engaging in personfocused action, system- or team-focused action, action to moderate the impact of contextual factors, climate control and identity management, and modelling. Finally, we identify important gaps and opportunities in the literature that need to be addressed in future research. A key conclusion is that while much has been done to explore some key pathways between leadership and health, others remain underexplored. We also outline how future research might address these in the context of a more expansive theoretical, empirical and practical approach to this emerging field of research.
Keyword Culture
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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