A team of international researchers surveyed how “engaging leadership” boosts employee engagement in the workplace. The study is published in the journal PLOS ONE.
The researchers were drawn from the University of Bologna (Italy) and the Utrecht University (the Netherlands). They wanted to study how certain leadership styles in the workplace improve employee engagement.
The team surveyed 1,048 employees across 90 teams within a Dutch workplace—a year apart. The participants responded to questionnaires about their supervisors’ level of engaging leadership, work engagement, team effectiveness, and other personal and team characteristics.
The results revealed that the engaging leadership style yields the most benefits of employee engagement. In fact, engaging leaders are found to be highly associated with their employees’ personal need for autonomy and feelings of competence and care.
They also boost their teams’ collective resources—including performance feedback, trust in management, communication, and participation in decision-making.
The authors explained: “A leader who inspires, strengthens, and connects team members fosters a shared perception of available resources and a greater psychological capital.”
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Mazzetti, G., & Schaufeli, W. B. (2022). The impact of engaging leadership on employee engagement and team effectiveness: A longitudinal, multi-level study on the mediating role of personal- and team resources. PloS one, 17(6), e0269433. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0269433