Learning to Self‐lead: Examining Self‐leadership Strategies, Personality Traits and Learning Attainment

Stephen A. Woods, Uwe Napiersky, Wladislaw Rivkin

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This study examined self-leadership, an integrative concept in organizational behaviour and psychology that represents a person’s ability to manage themselves and improve their own performance through a combination of behavioural, cognitive and motivational strategies, in the context of learning and development outcomes. Change in three aspects of self-leadership (termed the Doing-self, Thinking-self, and Energizing-self) following a short development intervention was examined in a sample of management school students in a pre- and post-intervention design. The study also expanded upon the role of personality traits in moderating self-leadership change. The data additionally provide evidence of the association of self-leadership with learning attainment. The findings of this study underline the potential benefits of self-leadership learning and development. Implications for theory, and practice in organizations are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalApplied Psychology
Early online date27 Jul 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Jul 2022

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  • learning and development
  • learning outcomes
  • personality traits
  • positive psychological resources
  • self-leadership


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