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Erica Carleton

Assistant Professor, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan

Leadership, Leader Well-Being, Physiological and Psychological Predictors of Well-Being, Sleep, Gender and Leadership


Keep sleep a priority

University of Saskatchewan, November 8, 2019Print


If you’ve ever been faced with the choice between sleep or study, you might be better off hitting the hay instead of hitting the books.

Health, Well-being and Leadership at Work

The Need For Zzzz

Smith School of Business: Smith Business Insight, December 31, 2015Online


Lack of sleep affects our perception of work stress and levels of absenteeism

Nasty coaches and the damage done

Smith School of Business: Smith Business Insight, January 11, 2017Online


Abusive leadership has lasting negative effects on athletes’ performance.

Become a better leader, this very moment

Smith School of Business- Smith Business Insight, September 3, 2018Online


The practice of mindfulness has a positive impact on transformational leadership – but it’s not a cure-all. Practising mindfulness may help individuals become better and more responsive leaders by training them to focus their attention on the issues at hand while tuning out background noise.
Mindfulness may better enable leaders to see situations for what they are and respond appropriately.

Work and Sleep Research Insights for the Workplace
by Julian Barling, Christopher M. Barnes, Erica Carleton, and David T. Wagner
Oxford University Press
April 7, 2016

Sleep disorders and disruptions are commonly associated with negative mood, hostility, poor concentration, and ego depletion. And while researchers have long investigated the widespread negative effects of shift work on individuals, the knowledge derived from these studies is rather limited to those with non-linear work schedules. However, whether employees are clocking in a normal 9-5 or trudging through the graveyard shift, sleep is a crucial activity for us all. If the quantity and quality of our sleeping patterns are disrupted, the consequences affect not only the employee but for the organization they work for, as well.

Work and Sleep: Research Insights for the Workplace addresses the effects of sleep on employee and organizational functioning, and the impact of common work experiences on a night's rest. With a team of influential organizational psychologists at the helm, the editors lead a group of expert contributors as they each explore the issues that, regardless of industry, matter in work force well-being today.


Dr. Carleton's research interests include leadership and employee health and well-being. She is fascinated by leadership behaviours and what predicts high- and low-quality leadership. She is also interested in women and leadership and the barriers women face to obtaining and maintaining leadership positions. Her interest in employee well-being has led her to investigate the non-work antecedents of well-being, especially different physiological and psychological predictors, such as sleep. She conducted her dissertation research on sleep, well‐being and leadership. She is a co‐editor (with Julian Barling, Christopher Barnes and David Wagner) of the book Sleep and Work: Research Insights for the Workplace (Oxford University Press, 2016). Prior to joining the Edwards School of Business in July of 2016, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Ian O. Ihnatowycz Institute for Leadership in Ivey Business School at Western University. She completed her PhD in Organizational Behaviour at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.


  • Leadership
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Sleep and work
  • Women and leadership
  • Leader and employee Well-Being
  • Physiological Well-Being
  • Psychological Well-Being


  • University of Regina
    Bachelor of Arts (Honours), 2005
  • Saint Mary's University
    Industrial/Organizational Behavior
    MSc., 2009
  • Queen's University
    Organizational Behaviour
    PhD, 2016

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