The revised self‐leadership questionnaire: Testing a hierarchical factor structure for self‐leadership

Jeffery D. Houghton (Department of Management, Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
Christopher P. Neck (Department of Management, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Publication date: 1 December 2002


Despite the popularity and potential of self‐leadership strategies in modern organizations, no acceptably valid and reliable self‐leadership assessment scale has heretofore been developed. The present study tests the reliability and construct validity of a revised self‐leadership measurement scale created on the basis of existing measures of self‐leadership. Results from an exploratory factor analysis (EFA) demonstrate significantly better reliability and factor stability for the revised scale in comparison to existing instruments. Further, results from a confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) utilizing structural equation modeling techniques demonstrate superior fit for a higher order factor model of self‐leadership, thus providing evidence that the revised scale is measuring self‐leadership in a way that is harmonious with self‐leadership theory. Based on these results, the revised scale appears to be a reasonably reliable and valid instrument for the measurement of self‐leadership skills, behaviors, and cognitions. Implications for future empirical self‐leadership research are discussed.



Houghton, J.D. and Neck, C.P. (2002), "The revised self‐leadership questionnaire: Testing a hierarchical factor structure for self‐leadership", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 17 No. 8, pp. 672-691.

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