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Faculty Series Lecture: Winny Shen, Ph.D.

The Faculty Series was created to provide intimate venues that encourage faculty/student interaction. The Series invites accomplished faculty from other universities to share their research with an audience of FIU graduate students and faculty.


  • About the lecture

    Does Your Boss Make You Sick? Exploring the Leader’s Influence on Employee Well-Being

    A growing body of literature highlights the importance of leadership to organizational, group, and individual functioning. The purpose of this talk is to examine the relationship between leadership and one particular class of outcomes, health and well-being. When examining the impact of leadership on followers, the literature has shown that leaders and their behaviors are robustly related to group and follower attitudes and performance. However, the impact of leaders on followers' health and well-being is less clear. Thus, in Study 1, Shen presents the results of a meta-analysis that links leadership behaviors to follower health and well-being outcomes and begin to explicate the different pathways via which this may occur. A major drawback of this literature is that followers generally reported the behaviors of their leaders and their own health and well-being outcomes; thus, observed relationships may be due to common method variance. In the second study, Shen meta-analytically explores relationships between follower personality and followers' ratings of leadership behaviors in order to shed light on whether the relationships between leadership behaviors and follower health and well-being found in Study 1 are likely substantive or simply reflect methodological artifacts.

  • Date

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014


  • Winny Shen, Ph.D.

    Winny Shen, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, University of South Florida 

    Dr. Winny Shen is currently an assistant professor of industrial/organizational psychology at the University of South Florida. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2011. Her primary research interests center around diversity and inclusion in organizational and educational settings, leadership, and the intersection of these domains. She also has secondary interests in and conducts research on personality measurement and occupational health psychology. Her research has been published in or is forthcoming from the Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Leadership Quarterly, and Psychological Science. She was awarded the HumRRO Meredith P. Crawford dissertation fellowship for 2010-2011 and was named the FIU Center for Leadership Research Fellow for 2013-2014.