Reflexive work and the duality of self-leadership

Miguel Pina e Cunha*, Mafalda Pacheco, Filipa Castanheira, Arménio Rego

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The concept of self-leadership is known and accepted, but still under-researched. By considering the reflexive work involved in the process of self-leadership, we seek to understand what factors are relevant for managers to be effective in a sustainable and productive way. We ask how managers engage in self-leadership. Empirically, we find that self-leadership is a process that can be translated into the capability of handling and sustaining four dualities: challenge and routine; self and others; nonwork and work; mind and body.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-495
Number of pages24
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Balance
  • Duality
  • Leadership development
  • Managerial work
  • Reflexive work
  • Self-leadership


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