Leader-Follower Crossover : Exhaustion Predicts Somatic Complaints via StaffCare Behavior.

Faculty/Professorship: Personality Psychology and Psychological Assessment  
Author(s): Köppe, Christina ; Kammerhoff, Jana; Schütz, Astrid  
Title of the Journal: Journal of Managerial Psychology
ISSN: 0268-3946
Publisher Information: Bradford, West Yorkshire : Emerald
Year of publication: 2018
Volume: 33
Issue: 3
Pages: 297-310
Language(s): English
DOI: 10.1108/JMP-10-2017-0367
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the direct and indirect crossover effects of leaders’ exhaustion on followers’ somatic complaints by testing leaders’ health-oriented behavior toward employees as a possible underlying mechanism.
Design/methodology/approach: A two-wave online study using data from different sources was conducted. In a sample of 106 leaders and followers, leaders were paired with one or two followers. Leaders rated their level of exhaustion at Time 1, and followers rated their leaders’ health-oriented leadership behavior (i.e. StaffCare behavior) and their own level of somatic complaints three months later (Time 2).
Findings: Results provided evidence of an indirect crossover effect from leaders’ exhaustion to followers’ somatic complaints through StaffCare behavior. There was no direct crossover effect.
Practical implications: Findings suggest that organizations should attend to leaders’ health as a means to allow for StaffCare behavior and thus protect employee health.
Originality/value: StaffCare behavior represents a new concept that focuses on health-related aspects of leadership. This is the first study to take an in-depth look at the question of how this leadership behavior is tied to crossover from leader exhaustion to follower heal
Keywords: Leaders, Employee well-being, crossover, health behavior
Peer Reviewed: Ja
International Distribution: Ja
Type: Article
URI: https://fis.uni-bamberg.de/handle/uniba/44302
Year of publication: 17. August 2018
Project: Leadership and Personality