Investigating the Effect of Self-Leadership on Entrepreneurs’ Innovation in Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

Babak Ziyae, Rasoul Heydari


Entrepreneurs play an important role in the economic development of countries. In the literature of entrepreneurship, self-leadership and entrepreneurs’ innovation are considered as the most driving forces for sustainable development of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). The aim of the present study is to investigate the relationship between self-leadership, its associated strategies, and entrepreneurs’ innovation in small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) in the textile industry. In terms of objective, this study is considered as an empirical one and the research methodology is descriptive-correlative type. Among 380 textile companies, 191 were selected to be studied using Cochran formula and through the stratified random sampling method. Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) was used for data analysis. Findings of the study show that self-leadership has significant and positive effect on entrepreneurs’ innovation. The results also show that there insignificant and positive relationship between behavioral strategies, natural reward strategies, constructive thinking patterns and entrepreneurs’ innovation.


Entrepreneurs’ Innovation, Self-Leadership, Behavior Strategies, Natural Reward Strategies, Constructive Thinking Patterns.

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