Leadership and Employee Well-Being

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.

The saying “People join firms but leave managers” suggests a key role of leaders in motivating, caring and retaining employees. Current research demonstrates that leadership is an important workplace determinant of employee well-being.

Our research focuses on the contingencies and mechanisms of the relationship between leader behaviors 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.

The research project „LEADhealth: How does leadership affect health of workers with low socioeconomic status? A meta-analysis of leadership and health considering worker and work context factors as moderators” in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Deanne den Hartog und Prof. Dr. Diana Boer will be successfully completed in April 2020. The project is funded by the ZonMW of the Dutch NWO since 2018.


On a regular basis, the research seminars in the SBWL “Personal und Organisation” of the Master’s program focus on conducting research on leadership and well-being.

Selected Publications:

Plidschun, S., Buengeler, C., Hanke-Boer, D. Den Hartog, D., & Bellingrath, S. (2019, September 25-27). The role of bright and dark leader behavior in follower well-being: An experimental investigation [Paper presentation]. German Psychological Society 11th AOW Congress, Braunschweig, Germany.

Kaluza, A. J., Boer, D., Buengeler, C., & van Dick, R. (2019). Leadership behaviour and leader self-reported well-being: A review, integration and meta-analytic examination. Work & Stress, 1–23. doi: 10.1080/02678373.2019.1617369.

Buengeler, C., Boer, D., Kaluza, A., Van Dick, R., & Den Hartog, D. (2017, May 17-20). Leadership and well-being: A meta-analysis [Paper presentation]. European Work and Organizational Psychology Congress, Dublin, Ireland.