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

Petrus Nel, Ebben van Zyl
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 13, No 1 | a661 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v13i1.661 | © 2015 Petrus Nel, Ebben van Zyl | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 August 2014 | Published: 02 June 2015

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Petrus Nel, Department of Industrial Psychology, University of the Free State, South Africa
Ebben van Zyl, Department of Industrial Psychology, University of the Free State, South Africa


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Abstract

Orientation: 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.

Research purpose: 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.

Motivation for the study: 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.

Research design, approach and method: 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.

Main findings: 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.

Practical/managerial implications: The study found that both the RSLQ and the ASLQ have good measurement properties, indicating that these questionnaires can be applied in a variety of settings.

Contribution/value-add: 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. In this study, 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.


Keywords

Leadership; Self-leadership; Behaviour-focused strategies; Natural reward strategies; Constructive thought pattern strategies; Bifactor model

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