This seminar is hosted by the Work, Employment, People and Organisations (WEPO) division at Sheffield University Management School.
The suggestion that your wellbeing is affected by how your supervisor treats you would come as no surprise to any adult who has ever held a job. However, the extent and nature of these effects often comes as a surprise – particularly to individuals who hold positions of organizational leadership. I review a series of studying showing that leaders can be both the problem and the cure. First, I review studies suggesting that leaders are the “root cause” of many organizational stressors. Next, I review data showing that leaders can be an important and effective resource for employees who are in crisis. In both cases, interventions targeted at developing leaders’ skills result in enhanced employee wellbeing. These findings show the critical role of organizational leadership in occupational health psychology.
Professor E. Kevin Kelloway holds the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health Psychology and Professor of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. He was the founding director of the CN Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and a founding principal of the Centre for Leadership Excellence at Saint Mary’s.
A prolific researcher he has authored over 150 articles and book chapters in addition to 14 books. He is a recipient of the SMU President’s Award for Research Excellence (2009), the Distinguished Contribution to IO Psychology award (2015 from Section 14 of CPA) and the Distinguished Psychologist in Management Award (2016) from the Society of Psychologists in Management. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, the Canadian Psychological Association, the International Association of Applied Psychology and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Kevin is Past Chair of the Canadian Society for IO Psychology and Past President of the Canadian Psychological Association – Canada’s national association for psychology. He is Associate Editor for the journals Work & Stress, the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and the Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance as well as serving on several other editorial boards.