In an increasingly hectic and demanding working world, the topic of health-oriented leadership is becoming more and more important. This is because the way managers lead and support their employees has a significant impact on their well-being, motivation and performance. Healthy leadership means not only taking care of employees’ physical health, but also their psychological and emotional well-being. In this blog article, you will learn more about health-oriented (self-)leadership and how you can practice it.


What is health-oriented leadership?

“Healthy leadership is the positive direct or indirect influence on the work context and behavior of employees in an organization, with the aim of sustainably maintaining and promoting the performance, health and well-being of the workforce.” (Senseble GmbH)

We admit, this is a very detailed definition, but it shows the scope and influence of health-oriented leadership. Thus, health-oriented leadership is an approach that puts people first, focuses on the well-being of employees, and creates a positive and productive work environment.

Health at the workplace


According to a study (WIFO, DUK), up to 30% of employees suffer from work-related health problems. These include back problems (24%), stress (22.3%) and muscular complaints (19.8%). These lead in the further often from sick leaves up to chronic illnesses. The goal is therefore to avoid exactly this and to pay attention to health.


Depending on the industry or the type of work, there are various occupational stress factors of a physical (shift work, exhaust fumes, posture, etc.) and psychological (lack of personnel, information overload, etc.) nature. It is therefore all the more important for companies to avoid these stress factors as far as possible and to ensure that employees are aware of them.


How can health-oriented leadership succeed?


1) Mindful communication:

A health-oriented leader is characterized by mindful communication. This means actively listening, giving feedback and taking the needs and concerns of employees seriously. By communicating empathically and respectfully, leaders create an open and trusting work environment in which employees feel valued. This not only reduces conflicts and improves cooperation, but also creates the confidence to talk openly about health and stress factors.


2) Support a work-life-balance:

Health-oriented leadership also includes promoting a work-life balance. Leaders should ensure that their employees have sufficient time for recreation and personal interests. Flexibility in working hours and the possibility of home office can help reduce stress and increase employee satisfaction. Recognition of employees’ private lives – be it excursions, vacations or marathon participation – is also a relevant factor in promoting relaxation and time off.


3) Individual development :

A health-oriented leader recognizes the value of continuing education and development for the team, supports their personal and professional growth and creates opportunities for them to develop their skills. By investing in the strengths and interests of their employees, leaders show appreciation while encouraging motivation and commitment.


4) Stress reduction & workload reduction:

As a leader, it is important to ensure a balanced workload in the team. The right prioritization and distribution of tasks can already be very helpful here. In addition, it should be ensured that employees are deployed according to their strengths and interests and are given the necessary freedom to complete their tasks.


5) Be a role model:

A health-oriented leader acts as a role model for his or her employees. They embody and exemplify the values of the company. By demonstrating positive behavior, such as practicing a healthy work-life balance or dealing constructively with challenges, leaders inspire their team and create a culture of well-being and self-care.



Success criteria: health


Health-oriented leadership is not a luxury, but a decisive factor for the success of teams. A health-oriented leader helps to increase the well-being and performance of employees, strengthen employee loyalty and create a positive working environment – thus laying the foundation for a healthy and successful organization.