Article Information
Journal: Business and Economics Research Journal
Title of Article: The Role of Psychological Capital in Self-leadership: An Empirical Research on State Officials
Author(s): Meral Kizrak, Papatya S. Bicakci, H. Nejat Basim
Volume: 8
Number: 4
Year: 2017
Page: 797-813
ISSN: 1309-2448
DOI Number: 10.20409/berj.2017.84
This study aims to explore the psychological capital factors which may affect self-leadership skills. To this aim, the effects of four sub-constructs of psychological capital (hope, optimism, resilience, self-efficacy) on eight sub-constructs of self-leadership (self-goal setting & visualizing successful performance, focusing thoughts on natural rewards, self-observation, self-reward, self-punishment, self-cuing, self-talk, evaluating beliefs and assumptions) have been investigated. The research data were obtained from 227 state officials in Ankara through questionnaires and convenience sampling. For the data analysis and model test, the structural equation modeling was utilized. The research findings indicate that different self-leadership behaviors are affected by different psychological factors, particularly hope and optimism. On the other hand, the findings reveal that self-cueing is influenced by each psychological factor except for hope. The results also show that none of the psychological sub-constructs has an effect on self-reward or self-punishment. Within this context, employees’ psychological capital has been found to have a partial impact on their self-leadership skills.

Keywords: Psychological Capital, Self-leadership, Positive Organizational Behavior, Structural Equation Model

JEL Classification: M12, M53, M54, J24

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