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Assessing the psychometric properties of the revised and abbreviated self-leadership questionnaires

By Petrus Nel and Ebben van Zyl

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<p><strong>Orientation: </strong>Self-leadership is considered to be vital for improved performance in the South African working context. Limited research has been done on the psychometric properties of the Revised and Abbreviated Self-Leadership Questionnaires on a sample of working adults. <strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Research purpose:</strong> The aim of this study was to assess the psychometric properties of the Revised (RSLQ) and Abbreviated (ASLQ) versions of the Self-Leadership Questionnaires for a sample of working adults in South Africa.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Motivation for the study: </strong>Researchers have not previously published psychometric properties of the RSLQ and ASLQ using the original conceptualisation and based on a sample from the South African working context.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Research design, approach and method: </strong>The RSLQ and ASLQ were administered to a non-probability sample of 405 working adults in South Africa. Confirmatory factor analysis was employed to estimate the goodness-of-fit associated with competing conceptualisations of both the Revised and Abbreviated Self-Leadership Questionnaires. <strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Main findings: </strong>The authors found acceptable goodness-of-fit for both the RSLQ and ASLQ versions of the Self-Leadership Questionnaires. More specifically, both the composite (representing self-leadership) and calculated scores (representing subscales of self-leadership) indicated acceptable levels of reliability. However, the RSLQ is best conceptualised as consisting of a strong general factor.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Practical/managerial implications: </strong>The study found that both the<strong> </strong>RSLQ and the ASLQ have good measurement properties, indicating that these questionnaires can be applied in a variety of settings.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Contribution/value-add: </strong>Research has indicated the value of investigating the psychometric properties of the Revised and Abbreviated Self-Leadership Questionnaires for a sample of employees in the South African working context.<strong> </strong>In this study,<strong> </strong>a bifactor model provided evidence that the RSLQ consists of a strong general factor (i.e. self-leadership). The ASLQ also seem to measure a single dimension that is very reliable. Utilising the ASLQ will save time in research and also when applied in the working context.</p

Topics: Leadership, Self-leadership, Behaviour-focused strategies, Natural reward strategies, Constructive thought pattern strategies, Bifactor model, Personnel management. Employment management, HF5549-5549.5
Publisher: AOSIS
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.4102/sajhrm.v13i1.661
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:a8dbacb51d074ec394c7420116bae103
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