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Destructive managerial leadership and psychological well-being among employees in Swedish, Polish, and Italian hotels
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute.
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2011 (English)In: Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, Vol. 39, no 3, 267-281 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: The aim of this cross-sectional exploratory study was to investigate destructive managerial leadership in the hotel industry in Sweden, Poland, and Italy in relation to psychological well-being among employees.

Methods and Participants: 554 questionnaires were collected from employees in all occupational groups within hotels. The Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (COPSOQ) measured working conditions, particularly iso-strain or high work demands combined with low control and poor social support, and psychological well-being, defined in terms of mental health, vitality, and behavioural stress. Items adapted from the Global Leadership and Organisational Behaviour Effectiveness (GLOBE) research program questionnaire measured autocratic, malevolent, and self-centred leadership styles. Differences in ratings between countries were estimated, as well as the relationship between destructive managerial leadership on an organisation level and employee psychological well-being on an individual level. The relationship between destructive leadership and psychological well-being among employees was adjusted for employees' reported iso-strain.

Results: Autocratic and malevolent leadership were at the organisation level related to low vitality among employees and self-centred leadership was significantly associated with poormental health, low vitality, and high behavioural stress. Autocratic and malevolent leadership were more strongly related to iso-strain than was self-centred leadership. Variations in leadership practice between countries were seen in autocratic and malevolent leadership.

Conclusion: This exploratory study suggests a significant association between destructive managerial leadership on the organisation level and poor psychological well-being among employees on an individual level. Interventions to decrease iso-strain and enhance psychological well-being among employees could be directed at an organisation level.

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2011. Vol. 39, no 3, 267-281 p.
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Organisation level, hotel industry, iso-strain, stress, health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-60410DOI: 10.3233/WOR-2011-1175ISI: 000293835300008PubMedID: 21709363Local ID: P2869OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-60410DiVA: diva2:434785
Available from: 2011-08-16 Created: 2011-08-16 Last updated: 2012-01-24Bibliographically approved

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