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Leadership profiles, moderating factors and coworkers health in the context of downsizing.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
1999 (English)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Coworkers’ health as an effect of the immediate manager’s leadership profile was studied in a survey. Leadership profiles were formed by a cluster method, which produced seven different combinations of behavior. The clusters were named as follows: complete, transformative, entrepreneur, humanist, creative, bureaucrat, and laissez-faire leadership behavior. Mental health was defined as dissatisfaction with work, mental fatigue, and psychosomatic load. The questionnaire was distributed to 1,020 employees at two production plants in a Swedish forest company. 781 questionnaires were returned, a response rate of 77 percent. The creative leader profile was associated with coworkers’ stress to a greater extent than the other profiles. However, the respondent’s position of employment in the company moderates this effect. Commitment also moderates the effect of the change-oriented leadership defined in terms of the creative and entrepreneur profiles. These results have to be interpreted in the context of the downsizing and restructuring of organizations.

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, Reports from the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, 862
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-12901OAI: diva2:179421
Available from: 2008-02-20 Created: 2008-02-20Bibliographically approved

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