What is the impact of healthy leadership?
Studies show a connection between corporate culture, leadership and employee absence: healthy conditions in the company promote well-being and help to avoid or keep down absences due to illness. This includes, in particular, healthy leadership and a constructive approach to dealing with errors. The better leadership skills and supervisor behaviour are assessed, the higher is the level of job satisfaction and the lower the number of health complaints. If managers also give positive feedback, take time for themselves, can admit their own mistakes and respond constructively to employees’ ideas, this has a positive influence on work motivation for 77% of employees and ensures an average of two fewer days of absence. Health-oriented leadership increases the well-being and commitment of employees, which in turn enhances the company’s performance.
What can a manager do to lead healthily?
The demands placed on managers have changed. Whereas in the past it was primarily specialist knowledge that was important, today managers are also expected to support the motivation and health of employees. Taking responsibility for a health-oriented leadership style at the same time as keeping an eye on one’s own health and that of the employees can be challenging for managers. Healthy leadership can be put into practice by taking the following actions:
Three tips for health-focused leadership