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Non listening and self centered leadership - relationships to socioeconomic conditions and employee mental health
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute. (Epidemiologi)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute. (Epidemiologi)
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stress Research Institute. (Epidemiologi)
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2012 (English)In: PLoS ONE, ISSN 1932-6203, Vol. 7, no 9, e44119- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background: The way in which leadership is experienced in different socioeconomic strata is of interest per se, as well as how it relates to employee mental health. Methods: Three waves of SLOSH (Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health, a questionnaire survey on a sample of the Swedish working population) were used, 2006, 2008 and 2010 (n = 5141). The leadership variables were: Non-listening leadership (one question: Does your manager listen to you? - four response categories), Self centered leadership (sum of three five-graded questions - non-participating, asocial and loner). The socioeconomic factors were education and income. Emotional exhaustion and depressive symptoms were used as indicators of mental health. Results: Non-listening leadership was associated with low income and low education whereas self-centered leadership showed a weaker relationship with education and no association at all with income. Both leadership variables were significantly associated with emotional exhaustion and depressive symptoms. Self centered as well as non-listening leadership in 2006 significantly predicted employee depressive symptoms in 2008 after adjustment for demographic variables. These predictions became non-significant when adjustment was made for job conditions (demands and decision latitude) in the non-listening leadership analyses, whereas predictions of depressive symptoms remained significant after these adjustments in the self-centered leadership analyses. Conclusions: Our results show that the leadership variables are associated with socioeconomic status and employee mental health. Non-listening scores were more sensitive to societal change and more strongly related to socioeconomic factors and job conditions than self-centered scores.

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2012. Vol. 7, no 9, e44119- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-82431DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044119ISI: 000309554700006Local ID: P2962OAI: diva2:567826


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