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Seubert, Christian; Hornung, Severin; Glaser, Jürgen (2018): Examining the Role of Self-leadership in an Integrated Model of Work Characteristics and Health-Related Outcomes. AHFE 2017 International Conferences on Human Factors in Management and Leadership, and Business Management and Society, July 17−21, 2017, The Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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Modern working environments bring about new opportunities for personal growth but also increased risks for health impairment. In this setting, self-regulatory competence becomes a key skill. Building on an integrated model of work characteristics rooted in action regulation theory, we examine the role of self-leadership in the relationship of work characteristics with health-related indicators. N = 395 employees participated in a survey study. Work characteristics (learning requirements, work overload) and health-related outcomes (intrinsic work motivation, exhaustion tendency) were assessed by well-established measures. Self-leadership was assessed by a new measure. Statistical analyses confirmed main and moderating effects of self-leadership, although observed and predicted direction of the effects differed in some cases. The partly unexpected findings highlight the importance of considering the complex interplay of self-leadership with organizational context, individual factors, and conceptual clarity, among others.