Gretchen Spreitzer

Gretchen Spreitzer cited in a Harvard Business Review article, ‘Sleep well, Lead Better’

October 23, 2018

Leaders who discount the value of sleep can negatively impact both the behavior and emotions of their team.

How much does the amount of sleep you get each night affect not only your performance at work the next day, but also those around you? Gretchen Spreitzer and others conducted a series of studies for a Harvard Business Review article focused on sleep deprivation and how it affects work performance. The studies were termed “sleep devaluation–scenarios in which leaders communicate to subordinates that sleep is unimportant.” The results? Subordinates were shown to model their sleep habits after their leaders, and in tern, suffer the same consequences.

Spreitzer is the Keith E. and Valerie J. Alessi Professor of Business Administration, professor of management and organizations, and a member of the Center for Positive Organizations’ core faculty. Her research focuses on employee empowerment and leadership development, particularly within a context of organizational change and decline.