Maintaining morale in health care workers: the role of leadership and team processes

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Ly, Chhann and Wilson-Evered, Elisabeth (2006) Maintaining morale in health care workers: the role of leadership and team processes. In: Proceedings of the 2006 Joint Conference of the APS and NZPsS. Katsikitis, Mary, ed. The Australian Psychological Society, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 224-228.


Maintaining employee morale and lowering distress are important for employee well-being and effectiveness. This study investigated antecedents of employee morale and distress. A sample of 112 participants from various health care disciplines was recruited. Results indicated that transformational leadership influenced morale and distress through team processes. Male and female leaders did not differ in transformational leadership as both were related to higher morale in followers. Only male leaders significantly reduced employee distress. The findings have implications for staff retention, sick leave and health services in a time of high demand and declining supply.

Item type Book Section
ISBN 0909881308
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Keywords ResPubID23087, staff retention, transformational leadership, social role theory, leadership style, diversity leadership scale, DLS
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