Shared leadership and employee-well-being: An investigation of whether and when in innovative project teams

Saeedeh Shafiee Kristensen, Sara Shafiee

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Abstract

Most research on shared leadership lauds it as a performance-enhancing approach that enables organizations to produce innovation and effectiveness in the increasingly dynamic and complex work environment. However, recent research findings that reveal harmful individual-level effects of shared leadership on psychological wellbeing and satisfaction cast doubts on the bright side of the shared leadership. Contributing to our understanding of the mechanism of shared leadership in innovative project teams as temporary organizations, this research aims to investigate whether shared leadership negatively affects employee well-being and explores when shared leadership is more likely to have these consequences. Drawing on adaptive leadership theory, we focused on the well-being of employees in shared leadership environments based on two complementary studies in a large Danish company. Results of Study 1 (survey) confirmed a negative association between shared leadership and employee well-being. In Study 2 (semi-structured interviews), we explain how personal psychological variables (e.g., political skills) and social factors (e.g., the leadership style of the designated formal leaders) interact and moderate the association between shared leadership and well-being. Our findings bring practical implications for project-based organizations in building and encouraging shared leadership and implementing best practice toward high levels of employee well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2023
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event6th Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Leadership Symposium - Kallithea, Greece
Duration: 3 May 20236 May 2023

Conference

Conference6th Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Leadership Symposium
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityKallithea
Period03/05/202306/05/2023

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