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The relationship between self‐leadership and personality: A comparison of hierarchical factor structures

Jeffery D. Houghton (Department of Management Sciences, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas, USA)
T.W. Bonham (Department of Management, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA)
Christopher P. Neck (Department of Management, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA)
Kusum Singh (Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 1 June 2004

Abstract

This study examined the relationship between self‐leadership and personality through an analysis and comparison of hierarchical factor structures. Structural equation modeling techniques were used to examine several competing models combining the hierarchical factor structures of self‐leadership and personality. Model fit increased significantly through a progression of models that reflected increasingly greater distinction between self‐leadership skill dimensions and key personality traits. The best fitting model consisted of a hierarchical factor structure with three first‐order self‐leadership factors, three first‐order personality factors, and two correlated second‐order factors. Unexpectedly, the general second‐order factors of self‐leadership and personality were statistically indistinguishable. Nevertheless, these results seem to provide some initial evidence that self‐leadership dimensions are distinct from, yet related to, certain key personality traits. The implications of these results for future self‐leadership research and practice are discussed.

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Houghton, J.D., Bonham, T.W., Neck, C.P. and Singh, K. (2004), "The relationship between self‐leadership and personality: A comparison of hierarchical factor structures", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 19 No. 4, pp. 427-441. https://doi.org/10.1108/02683940410537963

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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