Special Issue "Self-Leadership"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 April 2021.
Interests: self-leadership; employee fitness
Interests: entrepreneurship; self-leadership
Self-leadership is a process through which individuals control their own behavior, influencing and leading themselves through the use of specific sets of behavioral and cognitive strategies. The concept of self-leadership first emerged in the mid-1980s as an expansion of self-management which was rooted in clinical self-control theory and inspired by the notion of “substitutes for leadership”. Over the past three decades, the self-leadership concept has enjoyed considerable popularity, as evidenced by the large number of practitioner-oriented self-leadership books and articles on the subject. Moreover, self-leadership has earned the respect of many academics, as reflected by a plethora of theoretical and empirical self-leadership journal publications and by coverage in a growing number of management and leadership textbooks. Business executives have also embraced self-leadership concepts through training programs designed to increase self-leadership skills and behaviors in the workplace
While the body of knowledge surrounding self-leadership is substantial, there is still much work to be done to gain a full understanding of self-leadership theory and how individuals can lead themselves within an organization. Hence, the aim of the proposed Special Issue is to deeply investigate existing and/or new topics related to self-leadership in either a conceptual or empirical manner. Research directions to be followed include but are not limited to:
- What is the relationship between self-leadership and entrepreneurial success?
- Does the ability to self-lead one’s self impact her ability to communicate to others within an organization and vice versa?
- What is the state of the art in terms of self-leadership measurement?
- What has been researched in terms of self-leadership theory in the past and what are future directions for the study of self-leadership?
- What are the international aspects of the study of self-leadership? Do different cultures self-lead themselves differently?
- Do emotions impact one’s ability to self-lead themselves?
- What are the organizational/environmental conditions that enhance/impede successful self-leadership within organizations?
- Does one’s fitness/health level relate to one’s ability to effectively self-lead themselves?
Please feel free to contact the corresponding guest editor for questions about the suitability of the research paper with the aim of the Special Issue.
- Anderson, S. and Prussia, G.E. 1997. The self-leadership questionnaire: Preliminary assessment of construct validity. Journal of Leadership Studies 4: 119–143.
- Goldsby, G., Neck, C.P., and Gerde, V. W. 1999. Inner leadership: A social cognitive-based approach toward enhanced ethical decision making. Teaching Business Ethics 2: 228–247.
- Houghton, D., Wu, J., Godwin, J.L., Neck, C.P., and Manz, C.C. 2012. Effective Stress Management: A Proposed Model of Emotional Intelligence, Self-Leadership, and Student Stress Coping. Journal of Management Education 36: 220–238.
- Neck, P., Manz, C.C. and Houghton, J.D. 2020. Self-Leadership: The Definitive Guide to Personal Excellence. Thousand Oaks, CA, United States: Sage.
- Neck, P. and Houghton, J.D. 2006. Two decades of self-leadership theory and research: Past developments, present trends, and future possibilities. Journal of Managerial Psychology 21: 270–295.
- Neck, P., Houghton, J.D., Sardeshmukh, S.R., Goldsby, M. and Godwin, J.L. 2013. Self-leadership: a cognitive resource for entrepreneurs. Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship 26: 463–480.
- Neck, P. and Manz, C.C. 1992. Thought self-leadership: The impact of self-talk and mental imagery on performance. Journal of Organizational Behavior 12: 681–699.
- Neck, P. and Manz, C.C. 1996a. Total leadership quality: Integrating employee self-leadership and total quality management. In Advances in the Management of Organizational Quality. Edited by S. Goush and D. Fedor. Greenwich, CT, UK: JAI Press.
- Neck, P. and Manz, C.C. 1996b. Thought self-leadership: The impact of mental strategies training on employee behavior, cognition, and emotion. Journal of Organizational Behavior 17: 445
Prof. Dr. Christopher Neck
Prof. Dr. Mike Goldsby
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