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Does leadership matter in relation to employee well-being and absenteeism? For example, does the leader of a company or organisation affect factors such as worker stress, anxiety, sick leave and disability? According to a recent meta analysis of studies there is a moderate to strong effect of good leadership on well-being and a moderate effect of leadership on absenteeism and disability pensions

The study, published in the August Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, looked across 27 studies and found that displaying good leadership influenced employees in various positive ways.? For example, 40% were more likely to be in the highest category for job well-being, 27% less likely to take sick leave and 46% were less likely to claim disability pensions.

So what are the qualities of good leadership? According to the study, some of the characteristics are: treating employees considerately and truthfully, providing social support and providing inspirational motivation and intellectual stimulation. Though good leadership was found to correlate with these positive outcomes, it remains unclear how leadership would affect job performance.

The research supports previous studies which have demonstrated the benefits of good management and leadership on employees.? For example, previous studies have revealed that people are strongly inclined to join a company not a manager, but their reason for leaving has been found to be not the organisation but the management.

The great news is that other research shows that the characteristics of leadership can be cultivated and developed, rather than being fixed and unchangeable, and so people can learn to be better leaders and managers and systems can be chaged to support great leadership.??You can access the article? here

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