Degree Granting Department
Paul E. Spector
Russell E. Johnson
Diet, Health, Leadership, Occupational Health Psychology, Physical Activity, Relationship Quality
This study proposes a model to test the relationships amongst supervisors' health behaviors and leadership behaviors. Specifically, 107 supervisor-subordinate pairs responded to a cross-sectional survey. Supervisors provided self-reports of their health behaviors (physical activity, diet, sleep, alcohol/tobacco use) and perceived well-being. Subordinates rated the supervisors' perceived leadership style and the quality of relationships they share at work. Results were mixed with support largely being found for previously established relationships between (a) physical activity, sleep duration and quality, and well-being, and (b) leadership behaviors and supervisor-subordinate relationship quality. The primary thesis of this study--that leaders with improved health behaviors and well-being will engage in more active leadership behaviors and fewer passive behaviors--was not supported. This study served as a first-step towards a more sophisticated understanding of how a healthy lifestyle impacts leaders' at-work behaviors and performance.
Scholar Commons Citation
Saboe, Kristin, "Fit to Lead? Supervisors' Health Behaviors, Well-Being, and Leadership Behaviors" (2012). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.