“Leisureship”: Impact of pursuing serious leisure on leaders' performance

Emilia Bunea, Ronit Kark, Michelle Hammond

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An increasing number of individuals in leadership roles have a serious leisure interest. We develop a theoretical model of how pursuing serious leisure impacts leaders' performance at work. We propose that a serious leisure interest, through its defining characteristics (effort in mastering a skill, perseverance through adversity, a special ethos, a strong identity, a leisure career), can both promote and harm leaders' performance at work and we examine the conditions under which this can happen. Our theory contributes to research on non-work antecedents of leader performance, to the leader identity construction literature, to theories on the work-nonwork interface and to the serious leisure literature.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100950
JournalHuman Resource Management Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2023

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  • Identity construction
  • Identity work
  • Leader identity
  • Leader performance
  • Serious leisure
  • Work-nonwork


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