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Leader effectiveness from self-directed learning and strategic thinking

Peter L. Zsiga

International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management, 2008, vol. 8, issue 4, 306-317

Abstract: The levels of self-directed learning readiness, strategic thinking and leader effectiveness in Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) directors were measured. The analysis of the 471 responses demonstrated robust correlations between self-directed learning readiness and strategic thinking (r = .58, p < .001). Leader effectiveness correlated similarly and significantly with these two constructs (r = .10, p < .05). These correlations present evidence of positive relationships between self-directed learning levels, strategic thinking levels and leader effectiveness. The relationships between self-directed learning, strategic thinking and leader effectiveness were analysed for moderation by the demographic variables. The respondents' self-identification of their ethnicity as a member of a non-white minority group moderated the correlation between strategic thinking and leader effectiveness.

Keywords: self-directed learning; strategic thinking; leader effectiveness; leadership; nonprofit organisations; human resource development; HRD; leadership development; minorities; learning skills; educational leadership; YMCA directors; ethnicity. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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