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The first aim of this study was to broaden the general understanding of potential influences of leadership behavior on followers’ self-leadership and individual performance. Self-leadership has long been a vague conceptualization, yet with studies like the present, it gains momentum in organizational research. The second objective of this work included the investigation of distance leadership which has long been overlooked (Antonakis & Atwater, 2002), despite distance leadership being already heavily practiced within international corporations (Eichenberg, 2007). The study provides a firm foundation of recent theory on distance leadership literature. Furthermore, emphasis is placed on empirically exploring the influences physical distance, relationship quality, and interaction frequency exert over the leader- follower relationship. Outcomes of the data analysis revealed that the previously summarized theoretical constructs are present in the data sample and some have shown to be critical influence factors within distance leadership.

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