Leaders’ Mental Health at Work: Empirical, Methodological, and Policy Directions

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Abstract

While employees’ mental health is the focus of considerable attention from researchers, the public, and policymakers, leaders’ mental health has almost escaped attention. We start by considering several reasons for this, followed by discussions of the effects of leaders’ mental health on their own leadership behaviors, the emotional toll of high-quality leadership, and interventions to enhance leaders’ mental health. We offer 8 possible directions for future research on leaders’ mental health. Finally, we discuss methodological obstacles encountered when investigating leaders’ mental health, and policy dilemmas raised by leaders’ mental health.

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