Self-leadership, spirituality, and entrepreneur performance: a conceptual model

Jeffrey L. Godwin, Christopher Neck, Robert S. D’Intino

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This article investigates the value of integrating the constructs of self-leadership and spirituality as a resource for entrepreneurs to handle entrepreneurial demands/stressors. Entrepreneurship requires individuals to use their personal resources as they develop their business ventures. Entrepreneurs face multiple challenges as they start and grow their endeavors. We propose a conceptual model showing how the constructs of spirituality and self-leadership influence each other and have an impact on the thought patterns and self-efficacy of the entrepreneur. In turn, the entrepreneur thought patterns and self-efficacy enable the entrepreneur to more effectively confront demands/stressors and thus improve entrepreneurial firm performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-78
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Management, Spirituality and Religion
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016


  • cognition
  • entrepreneurial performance
  • self-leadership
  • spirituality
  • stressors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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