Relations between self-leadership and scores on the Big Five

Psychol Rep. 2010 Oct;107(2):339-53. doi: 10.2466/


The recent construct of Self-leadership, which includes cognitive and behavioral strategies of managing oneself, has yet to be examined for associations with central personality dimensions such as the Big Five and their higher-order factors (Alpha, Beta). It was hypothesized that Self-leadership and its subfacets would be significantly correlated with all Big Five traits except Agreeableness, albeit higher with Extraversion and Openness to Experiences as it should pertain more strongly to agentic than communal traits. Analyses in university students (N=168) indicated that Self-leadership and its facets were more strongly related to Beta (Agency) than Alpha (Communion), and, although there were mostly positive correlations, Self-leadership should be distinguished from the Big Five traits. Findings are discussed regarding Self-leadership's associations with the Big Five traits and higher-order factors.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Extraversion, Psychological
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control*
  • Leadership*
  • Male
  • Motivation*
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychometrics
  • Self Concept*
  • Students / psychology
  • Young Adult