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The effects of transformational leadership on followers’ perceived work characteristics and psychological well-being : a longitudinal study

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posted on 17.07.2014 by Karina Nielsen, Raymond Randall, Joanna Yarker, Sten-Olof Brenner
There is some evidence that transformational leadership style is linked to employee well-being at work. However, it is not clear whether this is due to (i) a direct relationship between leadership behaviour and well-being outcomes, or (ii) a relationship between leadership behaviour and well-being that is mediated by followers’ perceived work characteristics. This paper examines the validity of these two mechanisms using data from a longitudinal questionnaire study of staff within the elderly care sector in a Danish local government. A theory-driven model of the relationships between leadership, work characteristics and well-being was tested using Structural Equation Modelling. The results indicated that followers’ perceptions of their work characteristics do mediate the relationship between transformational leadership style and well-being. However, there was only limited evidence of the existence of a direct path between leadership behaviour and employee well-being. These findings have important implications for design, implementation and management of efforts to improve employee well-being.

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  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Citation

NIELSEN, K. ... et al., 2008. The effects of transformational leadership on followers’ perceived work characteristics and psychological well-being : a longitudinal study. Work and Stress, 22 (1), pp. 16-32.

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2008

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Work and Stress on 17-04-2008, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02678370801979430. The version of this article available to be downloaded from this Institutional Repository has the following title: The effects of transformational leadership on followers’ perceived work characteristics and well-being : a longitudinal study.

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0267-8373

eISSN

1464-5335

Language

en

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