Dr. Michael Leiter, Brief Biography

Dr. Michael Leiter is the Founder of Michael Leiter & Associates and the Canadian Centre for Organizational Research & Development. He has worked extensively with organizations around the world to address issues of workplace health. For more than two decades, he has researched burnout and methods to banish it. Together with co-author Dr. Christina Maslach, he coined the term "work engagement" as the antithesis to burnout. He is a desired speaker at international conferences on worklife and is now consulting with organizations that want to improve. He is excited to offer his newest program, Civility, Respect, and Engagement at Work (CREW).

Michael Leiter & Associates

Michael Leiter & Associates is an international consulting firm located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada, specializing in employee burnout and work engagement research and solutions using survey tools, implementation, training, and support. For more information on how your team can benefit from Michael Leiter & Associates unique CREW Solution, visit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 1.902.691.1446.

The Centre for Organizational Research and Development (COR&D)

The Centre for Organizational Research and Development (COR&D) at Acadia University. Dr. Leiter established the centre in 1991 to address the human resource challenges of organizations. His work as an organizational psychologist convinced him that high quality work environments required better information about the relationships of people with their work. He realized organizations that applied this knowledge could improve their work environment and enhance productivity. The Centre is committed to its dual focus of excellence in research and optimizing organizational work life. Learn More:

Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, has long been recognized as one of Canada’s premier undergraduate institutions. With its nationally and internationally recognized research initiatives, small classes, and technology-rich teaching and learning environment, Acadia offers students an experience that includes academic achievement combined with personal growth and development. Learn More:


Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, Occupational Health and Wellbeing, Acadia University

• Registered Psychologist (Nova Scotia)
• PhD, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
• MA, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
• BA, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

Recent Books

Bakker, A., B. & Leiter, M. P. (Eds.) (2010). Work Engagement: The essential theory and research. London: Psychology Press.

Leiter, M. P. & Maslach, C. (2005). Banishing Burnout: Six strategies for improving your relationship with work. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Maslach, C. & Leiter, M. P. (1997). The Truth about Burnout. San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Recent Journal Articles

Christina Maslach, Michael P. Leiter and Susan E. Jackson (2011). Making a significant difference with burnout interventions: Researcher and practitioner collaboration. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 33(2):296-200.

Pankaj Singh, Damodar Suar and Michael P. Leiter (2011). Antecedents, Work-Related Consequences, and Buffers of Job Burnout Among Indian Software Developers. Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, 19(1):83-104.

Michael P. Leiter, Heather K. Spence Laschinger, Arla Day, and Debra Gilin Oore (2011). The Impact of Civility Interventions on Employee Social Behavior, Distress, and Attitudes. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96(6):1258-74.

Leiter, M. P., Price, S. L., Laschinger, H. K. S., & (2010). Generational differences in distress, attitudes and incivility among nurses. Journal of Nursing Management, 18, 970-980.

Gilin-Oore, D., LeBlanc, D., Day, A., Leiter, M. P., Laschinger, H. K. S., Price, S. L., & Latimer, M. (2010). When respect deteriorates: Incivility as a moderator of the stressor-strain relationship among hospital workers. Journal of Nursing Management.

Gilbert, S., Laschinger, H. K. S., & Leiter, M. P. (2010). The mediating effect of burnout on the relationship between structural empowerment and organizational. Citizenship Behaviours. Journal of Nursing Management, 18, 1-10.

Laschinger, H. K. S., Leiter, M. P., Day, A., & Gilin-Oore, D. (2009). Workplace empowerment, incivility, and burnout: Impact on staff nurse recruitment and retention outcomes. Journal of Nursing Management, 17 331-339.

Leiter, M. P., Frank, E., & Matheson, T. J. (2009). Demands, values, and burnout: Their relevance for physicians. Canadian Family Physician, 55 ,1224 – 1225; e1-e6.

Day, A., Leiter, M. P., Laschinger, H. K. S., & Gilin-Oore, D. (2010). Developing Healthy Workplaces: What’s civility got to do with it? APA Psychologically Health Workplace.

Leiter, M. P., Gascón, S., & Martínez-Jarreta, B. (2010). Making Sense of Worklife: A Structural Model of Burnout. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40, 57-75

Leiter, M. P., & Maslach, C. (2009). Nurse turnover: The mediating role of burnout. Journal of Nursing Management.

Shaufeli, W. B., Leiter, M. P., & Maslach, C. (in press). Burnout: Thirty-five years of research and practive. Career Development International.

Leiter, M. P., Zanaletti, W., & Argentero, P. (2009). Occupational risk perception, safety training and injury prevention: Testing a model in the Italian printing industry. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 14, 1-10.

Bakker, A.B., Schaufeli, W.B., Leiter, M.P., & Taris, T.W. (2008). Work engagement: The emergence of a new concept in occupational health psychology. Work & Stress, 22, 187-200.

Leiter, M. P., Jackson, N. J., & Shaughnessy, K. (2008). Contrasting burnout, turnover intention, control, value congruence, and knowledge sharing between boomers and generation X. Journal of Nursing Management, 16, 100-109.

Maslach, C & Leiter, M. P. (2008). Early predictors of job burnout and engagement. Journal of Applied Psychology, 93, 498-512.

Recent Funded Research

2011-2014 Leading Workplace Communities.
2010-2013 The Role of Collegiality in Psychological Connections with Work.
2010 CREW Conference Support. Knowledge Transfer Program.
2007-2010 Burnout, Work Engagement, and Goals: Implications for Knowledge Transfer and Use. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
2007-2010 Enhancing Civility in Health Care Workplaces. Canadian Institutes for Health Research: Partnerships in Health Services Improvement.
2009-2010 Developing a Safety Culture: Share Assumptions and Interventions. WorkSafe BC and the Nova Scotia Worker’s Compensation Board.
2008-2009 Developing a Collaborative Interdisciplinary Team on Elder Care Research. Canadian Institutes for Health Research: Partnerships in Health Services Improvement


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Canada’s answer to improving worklife!

Michael Leiter

Dr. Michael Leiter, co-author of Banishing Burnout and The Truth about Burnout, is set to release his newest book on Work Engagement. Dr. Leiter founded the Canadian Centre for Organizational Research & Development and has researched organizational behaviour for more than two decades. He knows how to improve an organization’s bottom line (productivity and profitability by improving its top line - people. In fact, he and his co-author coined the term "work engagement" as the antithesis to burnout!

Over the years, Dr. Leiter has worked closely with a host of researchers, including Dr. Christine Maslach, creator of the Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI), and most recently, with Dr. Arnold Bakker on work engagement. Now, through work with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - the largest integrated health care system in the U.S. - Dr. Leiter has the CREW Solution.

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