This chapter utilizes a network perspective to show how the totality of one’s social connections impacts well-being by providing access to resources (e.g., information, feedback, and support) and placing limits on autonomy. We provide a brief review of basic network concepts and explain the importance of understanding how the networks in which leaders are embedded may enhance or diminish their well-being. Further, with this greater understanding, we describe how leaders can help promote the well-being of their employees. In particular, we focus on four key aspects of workplace networks that are likely to impact well-being: centrality, structural holes, embeddedness, and negative ties. We not only discuss practical implications for leaders’ well-being and the well-being of their employees, but also suggest directions for future research.
Cullen-Lester, K.L., Gerbasi, A. and White, S. (2016), "The Promise and Peril of Workplace Connections: Insights for Leaders about Workplace Networks and Well-Being", The Role of Leadership in Occupational Stress (Research in Occupational Stress and Well Being, Vol. 14), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 61-90. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-355520160000014003Download as .RIS
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