Attachment Styles and Leadership

06 Sep Attachment Styles and Leadership

Attachment Theory has been long used to explain personal relationships, but has been largely overlooked in the workplace arena. The individual differences amongst people in an applied workplace setting have the capacity to determine various styles of leadership, trust, job satisfaction, performance and other job outcomes (Harms 2011).

In July, we held a Brisbane-based Sermo (latin for ‘conversation’) on ‘Creating a Mentally Healthy Workplace Culture’, featuring Dr. Matt Worthington, who spoke about attachment theory and its application to workplace leadership, and how it can be leveraged through understanding, recruitment and development.


What is attachment?

Attachment theory was originally developed by John Bowlby in 1982, and refers to the particular way in which individuals relate to one another, based on the first few years of life. It theorises that these learned interpersonal skills become innate and play a role in all intimate relationships in life. Despite this, the theory has not actively been used in any workplace assessments to help evaluate possible performance outcomes. At FuturePeople, we see this as an opportunity.


What are the different attachment styles and how can they relate to the workplace?

Attachment has been shown to be linked to a variety of constructs (Harms 2011) to do with workplace leadership styles and behaviours. Below are some examples of how attachment styles can be attributed in the workplace across different roles, leadership styles and performance outcomes.

Attachment styles have relevance in relation to building great teams, cultures and leaders. We look forward to bringing you more on attachment styles in the workplace, how to recruit, identify future leader talent and build effective high performing teams with this context. To express interest in future events relating to attachment styles please click here to register your interest.