Subjective leadership competency and work-related person variables in students.

Lothar Bildat & Carolin Martin

Examines relationships between narcissism, Machiavellianism, error strain, leadership and academic self-efficacy as well as employee orientation and cognitive abilities in a cross-sectional questionnaire-based analysis. 95 business students of a University of Applied Sciences in Northern Germany took part in the study. As hypothesized, narcissism showed substantial positive correlations with Machiavellianism and self-efficacy variables, as well a negative association with employee-orientation. No correlation was found between narcissism and cognitive abilities. Explorative analysis showed a negative correlation of narcissism with error strain. In a regression model, narcissism, gender and academic self-efficacy explained substantial variance in leadership self-efficacy. Gender specific differences as well as theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Keywords: Cognitive abilities, competencies, leadership self-efficacy, narcissism, student leadership development

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