Employees’ Perception of Leadership Styles and Successful Aging in the Workplace

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)610-624
Journal / PublicationJournal of Career Development
Issue number6
Online published23 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018


The relationship between employees’ perceptions of their supervisor’s leadership styles and their self-rated successful aging in the workplace (i.e., adaptability and health, positive relationship, occupational growth, personal security, continued focus, and achievement of goals) was examined in this study. A total of 350 Chinese aging workers in Hong Kong (average age in years was 51.9, SD = 5.2) were recruited. In line with our hypothesis, regression result showed that perceived transformational leadership was positively related to all successful aging in the workplace dimensions. Perceived transactional leadership was significantly related to occupational growth. Finally, perceived laissez-faire leadership was negatively related to all successful aging in the workplace dimensions. Implications and recommendation for organisations, including strategies to facilitate successful aging in the workplace, were discussed.

Research Area(s)

  • leadership styles, successful aging