What factors influence leader well-being?

Prof. Burak OC
Associate Professor (Tenured), Singapore Management University

Date: 2 May 2024 (Thursay)
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Venue: E22-G015
Host: Prof. Kraivin CHINTAKANANDA, Assistant Professor of Management


This review article aims to address critical gaps in the literature on leader well-being, focusing on formal leaders across diverse contexts. Recent high-profile resignations underscore the urgency of examining the impact of formal leadership roles on leaders’ well-being. Our interdisciplinary review comprehensively assesses predictors of leader well-being, explores dominant theoretical frameworks, examines intervention outcomes, and addresses methodological concerns. Our literature review reveals two significant concerns. First, there are substantial divisions in the understanding of leader well-being, with 50% of reviewed relationships focusing on how leaders influence their own well-being. Furthermore, a narrow focus on psychological outcomes, such as stress and burnout, hinders a comprehensive understanding of leader well-being. Second, the great majority of examined articles use non-experimental cross-sectional studies, failing to address internal validity concerns and resulting in uncertainties about how various factors truly impact leader well-being. To address these issues, our critical review quantitatively evaluates and consolidates diverse research findings. By synthesizing existing knowledge, our review is a valuable resource for leadership scholars and practitioners, fostering interdisciplinary insights and encouraging further research on leader well-being in diverse contexts.



Prof. Burak OC is an Associate Professor at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business in Singapore Management University. In real life, he is troubled by the way powerful individuals in organizations exploit their power or status either to gain more power or to pursue their self-interest at the expense of others, thereby causing harm. In his research, he explores the antecedents and consequences of this phenomenon. His research has been published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, and other top-tier journals. Currently, he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Organizational Behavior and is the current program chair of the Managerial and Organizational Cognition (MOC) division of the Academy of Management.

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