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Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436
Previously published as: International Journal of Career Management
Incorporates: Executive Development

Online from: 1996

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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Leadership attributes valence in self-concept and occupational self-efficacy

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Title:Leadership attributes valence in self-concept and occupational self-efficacy
Author(s):Birgit Schyns, (University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK), Sabine Sczesny, (University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland)
Citation:Birgit Schyns, Sabine Sczesny, (2010) "Leadership attributes valence in self-concept and occupational self-efficacy", Career Development International, Vol. 15 Iss: 1, pp.78 - 92
Keywords:Australia, Germany, India, Leadership, Self-esteem
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/13620431011020907 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The authors would like to thank Hans-Joachim Wolfram for this helpful comments on an earlier version of this paper.

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between leadership-relevant attributes and occupational self-efficacy in management students. It is assumed that leadership-relevant attributes are related to high self-efficacy beliefs.

Design/methodology/approach – In the present study management students from three different countries, namely Germany, Australia, and India, described to what degree they possess task- and person-oriented leadership attributes and indicate their occupational self-efficacy for their future profession. Data were analysed using regression analyses.

Findings – As expected, leadership-relevant attributes were related to occupational self-efficacy. Some support was found for the assumption that ratings of the importance of relevant attributes moderates the relationship between reported leadership-relevant attributes and occupational self-efficacy but only for task-oriented attributes.

Research limitations/implications – The sample size was small so that comparisons between subgroups were not possible. All data were self-reported.

Practical implications – The results are relevant for career counselling. Looking at self-description of individuals in terms of attributes relevant to their future job rather than working directly on their occupational self-efficacy could be emphasised.

Originality/value – The study provides initial hints at the relationship between self-description and occupational self-efficacy in connection with future managers.

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