NORDSCI Conference proceedings 2022, Book 1

Sociology and Healthcare

THE HEALING POWERS OF AUTHENTICITY: EXPLORING THE IMPACT OF AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP ON WORK-LIFE INTEGRATION AND EMPLOYEE MENTAL WELL-BEING

Pranjali Chauhan, Dr. Sumita Rai

ABSTRACT

The COVID-19 pandemic and consequent lockdown restrictions induced an upheaval in the traditional ways of working, mandating a shift towards a hybrid work setting. Organizations across the globe are trying to adopt strategies and interventions to reduce associated stressors of hybrid workplaces like isolation, increased responsibilities, and blurring work-life boundaries. There is an intense focus on employee mental health and overall well-being, which sets the context for current research, however, limited research focuses on the positive leadership behaviors that can help reduce or eliminate these stressors. Further, most of the studies have leveraged the constructs of work-life balance, work-family conflict, etc. for their research which presents a highly dichotomous view of work and life, which is no longer relevant in the virtual and hybrid set-ups. The changing context necessitates the current research. The paper proposes that leadership capability is key in driving these interventions and explores how authentic leadership can help drive mental well-being and work-life integration for the employees. For this paper, the four sub-constructs of authentic leaders., self-awareness, balanced information processing, authentic behavior, and relational transparency, have been studied. The conceptual paper leverages resource conservation theory to propose how authentic leaders help individuals retain and enhance their resources contributing to their experiences of work-life integration which in turn creates a positive impact on employees’ subjective, psychological, and workplace well-being. The paper makes leverages its conceptual model to make 7 propositions of how authentic leadership improves employees’ capability for integrating their work-life demands thus reducing the negative effects that may negatively impact their well-being. The paper contributes to employee well-being literature and traces the importance of positive leadership behavior in the workplace. It further is relevant to academics and practitioners alike as it helps navigate through the added challenges of isolation, and workplace stress in the post-COVID hybrid workplace.

KEYWORDS

Authentic Leadership, Mental Well-being, Work-Life Integration

REFERENCE

NORDSCI Conference proceedings 2022, Book 1,Volume 5, ISSN 2603-4107, ISBN 978-619-7495-27-0, DOI paper 10.32008/NORDSCI2022/B1/V5/20, Pages 211 - 220 pp