What is it about?

This research explored how a leader's well-being influences their ability to lead authentically. While previous studies have focused on how authentic leadership affects followers, this study uniquely examined its impact on the leaders themselves. Conducted in Germany with leaders from various sectors, the study tracked changes over 14 months. It found that a leader's well-being at one point in time significantly predicted their engagement in authentic leadership later on. However, the reverse — that practicing authentic leadership would boost a leader's well-being — was not observed.

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Why is it important?

The findings, based on the Conservation of Resources Theory, suggest that a leader's well-being is a key resource that enables them to lead effectively and authentically. This study is important as it sheds light on the vital role of a leader's health and well-being in their leadership style, emphasizing the need for organizations to prioritize the well-being of their leaders.

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This page is a summary of: Leaders’ well-being – antecedent or consequence of authentic leadership?, Leadership & Organization Development Journal, May 2023, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/lodj-08-2022-0358.
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