Why a bad boss can send you to an early grave

Staff whose managers have the worst leadership skills are more likely to develop heart disease than those whose supervisors offer better support.

Researchers found that the higher senior managers were rated, the lower was the risk of a serious heart problem or death among their rank and file. But the association between poor leadership and the risk of serious heart disease strengthened the longer an employee worked for the same boss.

The study, to be published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, said this suggests the effect of bad leadership could be cumulative. If a direct cause and effect is confirmed by further research then managers' behaviour should be targeted in a bid to stave off employee health problems.

Psychologist Anna Nyberg, of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, said this could focus on improving bosses' ability to provide clear objectives, communicate effectively and show consideration for staff.

Source - Daily Mail

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