Raina Nech


This mixed-methods study examined the connection between follower-perceived leader mindfulness and follower engagement levels through the relationship between leaders and their followers (or direct reports). 61 followers (or direct reports) self-assessed their engagement levels and their perception of their leader’s mindfulness. After the primary analysis, 8 followers were interviewed using a semi-structured format. Quantitative findings indicated a significant yet moderate correlation between follower-perceived leader mindfulness and follower engagement levels. In the qualitative findings, followers reported characteristics of their leader, related to mindfulness, that helped them stay engaged. The current study demonstrates that mindfulness contributes to leaders’ abilities to interact with their followers and attune with others’ emotional states. Overall, results suggest that mindfulness may influence follower engagement levels, however, it is not the only contributing factor. As such, leaders who practice mindfulness may still add value by promoting quality leader-follower relationships in the workplace.

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Dissertations (MA) -- Organization Development; Employee morale; Mindfulness (Psychology); Leadership -- Case studies

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Graziadio Business School



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Lacey, Miriam;