The depleted leader: The influence of leaders' diminished psychological resources on leadership behaviors

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The depleted leader: The influence of leaders' diminished psychological resources on leadership behaviors
The Leadership Quarterly

While much is understood about the outcomes of different leadership styles less is known about the antecedents of leadership particularly with regards to how leaders' own psychological well-being impacts leadership behaviors. Using conservation of resources theory as a framework we investigated the relationship between leaders' depleted resources and their leadership behaviors. Conceptualizing depressive symptoms anxiety and workplace alcohol consumption as resource depletion we predicted that depletion would be associated with lower levels of transformational leadership and higher levels of abusive supervision and when taken together would further exacerbate these effects on leadership behaviors. In a study of 172 leader–subordinate pairs leaders' depressive symptoms anxiety and workplace alcohol consumption separately predicted lower transformational leadership and higher abusive supervision. Furthermore partial support was found for an exacerbating effect on transformational leadership and abusive supervision.

Citation: 
The Leadership Quarterly 25 (2014) 344 – 357

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