Soldiers lead themselves to more success: a self-leadership intervention study

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Lucke, G. A., & Furtner, M. R. (2015). Soldiers lead themselves to more success: a self-leadership intervention study. Military Psychology, 27(5), 311-324 (SSCI-IF (2015): 0,549). (ISI_2016: 0.734; ISI_2018: 1.033)

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Article in Scientific Journal


Neck and Manz (1999) elaborated in their article “In Search of the Self-Lead Soldier” on the need for continuous improvement of personnel qualities such as increase in self-efficacy, increase of performance, and decrease of perceived strain. Self-leadership is a tool that fosters exactly these personal resources. This study examines self-leadership training effects on soldiers participating in a military training course over 14 weeks. It is the first self-leadership training study to evaluate performance improvement using objective criteria (examination marks, physical tests) in intervention and control group consisting of soldiers of the Austrian army. Its design features a large sample (N = 130), duration of self-leadership training over 10 weeks, and evaluation over 4 time points. The intervention group accomplished significantly higher educational achievements in examinations and physical tests. Also levels of self-efficacy were significantly higher and levels of strain were marginally to significantly lower.


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  • Institute for Entrepreneurship
  • Chair of Entrepreneurship and Leadership

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