Munir F, Nielsen K, Garde AH, Albertsen K, Carneiro IG. The mediating effects of work-life conflict between transformational leadership and healthcare workers’ job satisfaction and psychological well-being. Journal of Nursing Management, 2011. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2011.01308.x
The importance of work–life balance for job satisfaction and wellbeing among health-care employees is well-recognized. Evidence shows that transformational leadership style is linked to psychological wellbeing. It is possible that transformational leadership is also associated with employees’ perceptions of work–life conflict, thereby influencing their job satisfaction and wellbeing. The aim of this study was to explore the mediating effects of work–life conflict between transformational leadership and job satisfaction and psychological wellbeing. A longitudinal design was used where staff working within Danish elderly care completed a questionnaire at baseline and 18-month follow-up (N = 188). Regression analyses showed that transformational leadership style was directly associated with perceptions of work–life conflict, job satisfaction and psychological wellbeing. Work–life conflict mediated between transformational leadership and wellbeing, but not job satisfaction. The findings suggest transformational leadership style may improve perceptions of work–life balance and employee wellbeing.
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