Vol 11 No 1 (2019)
Articles

Transformational Leadership An Analysis of Effects on Employee Well-Being

Erin Kelly-Ann Bowers
Athabasca University, University of Alberta, MacEwan University
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Published June 13, 2019

Abstract

This paper aims to determine whether or not Transformational Leadership (TL) increases the overall sense of well-being in the workplace as well as relieving stress and burnout. The question guiding the research was: does TL promote employee well-being by mitigating stress and burnout? A review of the literature was performed to gather pertinent information and increase understanding of the key concepts. Of particular interest were studies that related employee well-being to stress and burnout, as well as studies that examined the leader-employee relationship. The results of the literature review show that TL plays a significant role in mitigating stress as well as burnout and contributes positively to employee well-being. Key findings are that increased well-being decreases propensity for stress and burnout in employees, and that meaningful work, positive feedback, and motivation are vital to workplace culture. The literature supports TL and its effects in promoting well-being, however further research should be conducted to determine impacts on other mental health symptoms such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse. Moreover, additional research focusing on which concepts of TL are the most beneficial and how leadership training programs impact the workplace would help deepen the understanding of the topic. Keywords: transformational leadership, well-being, stress, burnout, relationships