2021 EAWOP Virtual Conference


Based on the proposition that perceived leadership behaviors and employee wellbeing may be mutually reinforcing, we develop and test a model of reciprocal within-person relations between perceptions of directive and empowering leadership and emotional engagement and fatigue. N = 1,610 employees participated in a study with a three-wave fully crossed and lagged panel design across 6 months. We used a random intercepts cross-lagged panel model (RI-CLPM) to separate within- from between-person sources of variance in leadership perceptions and wellbeing. Consistent with previous research, we found that directive leadership was positively related to both engagement and fatigue, whereas empowering leadership was positively related to engagement and negatively related to fatigue at the between-person level of analysis. However, at the within-person level, we found that some of these relations occur reciprocally, in that directive leadership predicts engagement and, simultaneously, engagement positively predicts perceptions of both directive and empowering leadership. These findings challenge existing assumptions about the directionality of the relationship between leadership and wellbeing and contribute to an enhanced understanding of the role of wellbeing for the development of leadership perceptions over time.

May 27, 2021 12:00 PM — 1:00 PM
EAWOP Virtual Conference
Europe - Virtual
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Cort W. Rudolph
Associate Professor of Industrial & Organizational Psychology