Servant Leadership and Mental Health Among Leaders and Followers: Empirical Investigations on Antecedents, Processes and Outcomes.
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Autor/esBrouns, Tim Dietmar
Psicología del Liderazgo
The incidence of sick leave caused by mental illness has been on the rise for years. This ongoing “epidemic” poses a major challenge to the econo-my. In occupational health psychology, leadership is having an important role in maintaining and promoting mental health. A very promising leadership theory that goes beyond other prevalent leadership theories to increase positive out-comes on different levels (individual, team, organization) is servant leadership. Surprisingly, in-depth empirical evidence on the relationship between servant leadership and mental health at work is currently scarce. Therefore, I examined the impact of servant leadership on mental health at both employee and leader levels. Following the health definition of World Health Organisation, I conceptu-alized mental health as a two continua model and measured using two indicators, emotional exhaustion and flourishing. In doing so, I used emotional exhaustion as a subclinical indicator of mental illness and flourishing ...