Inspirational managers may do more harm than good

Managers who inspire their staff to perform above and beyond the call of duty may actually harm their employees’ health over time, according to researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Transformational leadership has previously been associated with positive employee well-being, better sleep quality, fewer depressive symptoms and reduced general absenteeism in the short term.

The study, led by Karina Nielsen, professor of work and organisational psychology, and Kevin Daniels, professor of organisational behaviour at UEA’s Norwich Business School was published in the journal Work & Stressm.

They looked for the first time at the relationship between presentism and  transformational leadership and sickness absence rates. The results have implications for how organisations might effectively deal with employees’ health and well-being.

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