Leadership and 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 Hanke-Boer will be successfully completed in April 2020. The project is funded by the ZonMW of the Dutch NWO since 2018. For more information, please visit leadhealth.nl.


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., Boer, D., Buengeler, C., & Van Dick, R (2020). Leadership behaviour and leader self-reported well-being: A review, integration and meta-analytic examination. Work & Stress, 34(1), 34-56. doi:10.1080/02678373.2019.1617369