Authentic leadership benefits from mindfulness

Mindfulness can help managers to develop authentic leadership. Professor Niels Van Quaquebeke of Kühne Logistics University and scientists at Maastricht University have discovered that managers’ authentic leadership increased after an app-based mindfulness intervention. The intervention also had a positive effect on employees’ justice perceptions. The researchers’ findings were recently published in the Journal of Business and Psychology.

Leadership plays an important role in daily life. Many of the recent scandals at large companies can be attributed to irresponsible behaviour on the part of their top executives. Since then, many organisations have gone in search of a more positive and ethical type of leadership. One of these alternatives is known as ‘authentic leadership’. The scientific literature shows that authentic leadership has a positive impact on employees’ commitment, productivity and wellbeing. Professor Niels Van Quaquebeke of Kühne Logistics University and scientists at Maastricht University therefore set out to answer the questions ‘What are personal predictors of authentic leadership and how can you promote it?'

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