The influence of transformational leadership on employee well-being: results from a survey of companies in the information and communication technology sector in Germany

J Occup Environ Med. 2013 Jul;55(7):772-8. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182972ee5.


Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of a transformational leadership style on employee well-being.

Methods: Data for the study were taken from an on-line survey of all employees from six German companies in the information and communication technology sector. The data obtained were analyzed using multiple logistic regressions.

Results: Analysis of data from a total of 318 employees (response rate 58.4%) revealed a significant relationship between transformational leadership and employee well-being (P = 0.00; OR = 1.13; 95% CI = 1.05 to 1.22). A higher degree of perceived transformational leadership is associated with greater well-being.

Conclusions: The results of this study suggest that a transformational leadership style, which both conveys a sense of trust and meaningfulness and individually challenges and develops employees, also has a positive effect on employee well-being.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Germany
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Information Science / organization & administration*
  • Leadership*
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Mental Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Occupational Health / statistics & numerical data*
  • Personnel Management / methods*
  • Technology / organization & administration*