Leadership and Employee Well-Being


The saying “People join firms but leave managers” suggests a key role of leaders in motivating, caring and retaining employees. Yet, employee burnout, stress, and poor well-being are at an all-time high, which is not only problematic for employees but also costly for firms and society.

Leadership has been identified as an important workplace determinant of employee well-being. Our research focuses on the contingencies and mechanisms of the relationship between leadership behaviors and characteristics and well-being.


This line of research is being pursued in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Diana Hanke-Boer, University of Koblenz-Landau, Prof. Dr. Silja Bellingrath, University of Duisburg-Essen, and Prof. Dr. Deanne Den Hartog, University of Amsterdam, and aims at bridging the science-practice gap by collaborating with non-academic partners such as health care professionals and firms.


This winter semester’s research seminar Applied Research in Organizational Behavior B in the Master’s program will be focused on conducting research on leadership and well-being.