The Huffington Post reports that a new study suggests good sleep habits can improve leadership.
Being well-rested plays a major role in helping people get ahead in their careers — from keeping stress levels under control to being a better learner and creative thinker. Now, a new study in the Journal of Applied Psychology suggests that good sleep habits can also make an employee easier to lead — and a leader easier to follow.
Leaders were rated as less charismatic when they weren’t well-rested. But additionally, sleep-deprived employees were harder to inspire and less likely to view designated leaders as charismatic than well-rested individuals. In other words, not getting enough rest leaves everyone in a dysfunctional fog at work.
The findings suggest that bosses everywhere should be encouraging good sleep habits among their employees.
“Leaders and their teams are typically going to be better served by a good night of sleep than by working so much that they crowd out sleep,” the study’s author Christopher Barnes, an associate professor of management at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, told The Huffington Post.