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Why Is Mental Health Important for Leadership Positions?

Why Is Mental Health Important for Leadership Positions?

It goes without saying that a leader’s mental health is what can really make an impact on the success of a company. Without adequate energy and motivation (key factors of mental health), a person is unable to perform their best – ultimately compromising the success of their decisions. If you’re a CEO or other upper-level executive, you know very well that time, pressure, and demands can reap all of the energy you have if you let it. Countless meetings, deadlines, and after-work email check-ins can make it incredibly challenging for a leader to maintain optimal mental health, but it’s absolutely crucial if they want to succeed in their company and enjoy what they’re doing at the same time!

A 2016 review published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology sought to explore the various effects that mental health has on leadership behaviors; ultimately, a number of consequences can arise in mental, emotional, and physical manifestations if stress is not properly dealt with:

  • Depressive and anxious symptoms – higher levels of abusive supervision, lower transformational leadership, and unrealistically difficult goals may be placed on employees if a leader is experiencing these symptoms


  • Sleeping problems – laissez-faire leadership is more likely to occur, along with abusive supervision and unethical leadership
  • Alcohol use – planning and strategy are greatly reduced, negative rating of performance, and more could be exhibited
  • Personality disorders – difficulty working with others, misplaced goals (such as only caring about one’s own needs and power rather than of the team’s), and negative transformational leadership is likely to occur
  • Insecure or anxious attachment – inadequate quality leader-member exchange is likely to occur
  • Early exposure to aggression – abusive supervision, especially if aggression was witnessed during childhood, is likely to become exhibited in leadership behaviors if treatment/therapy is not sought after


As you can see, neglecting one’s mental health can have a lot of professional implications in addition to personal ones. Employees are less likely to work well with a leader who struggles with these issues, compared to those who focus on their mental health. Benefits of leaders who focus on their mental health include greater transformational processes and greater member-leader exchanges. There are many tools that can be used to assist a person with both their mental health and with their leadership practices, which can have a direct positive influence on their organization.

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