Research studies examining the role of leaders have provided decades of evidence supporting the critical links between leadership and organizational success. Accordingly, organizations spend significant time and money identifying and developing key leadership capabilities.
Evidence suggests that effective leaders provide clarity, accountability, and consistently reward positive performance behavior. Beyond this, leaders who inspire change, point to a clear vision and motivate workers are among the most effective and beloved leaders.
Leaders are also likely to play an important role in facilitating well-being, reducing stress, and assisting employees through challenges faced at work. Indeed, one’s relationship with their leader has implications for employees’ access to resources, and the extent to which they feel part of the team. As a researcher, I am interested in identifying leadership behaviors that facilitate employee well-being, and ways in which leaders can practically intervene to reinforce a climate of health and well-being in organizations.
Recent peer-reviewed research:
Ellis, A. M., Crain, T., & Stevens, S. (2021). Is it my job? Leaders’ family-supportive role perceptions. Journal of Managerial Psychology.
Erdogan, B., Karaeminogullari, A., Bauer, T. N., & Ellis, A. M. (2018). Perceived overqualification at work: Implications for extra-role behaviors and advice network centrality. Journal of Management. https://doi.org/10.1177/0149206318804331
Ellis, A. M., Bauer, T. N., Erdogan, B., & Truxillo, D. (2018). Daily perceptions of relationship quality with leaders: Implications for follower well-being. Work & Stress. DOI: 10.1080/02678373.2018.1445670; https://doi.org/10.1080/02678373.2018.1445670
Ellis, A. M., & Casey, T., & Krauss, A. K. (2017). Setting the foundation for well-being: Evaluation of a supervisor-focused mental health training. Occupational Health Science Journal, 1, 1-22. DOI 10.1007/s41542-017-0005; https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41542-017-0005-1