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The motivational leader: A self-determination approach

Abbema, Anna E. van (2013) The motivational leader: A self-determination approach.

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Abstract:This study proposes and qualitatively examines self-determination theory as a new perspective on leadership. The critical incident technique was used to interview 10 leaders and 17 of their employees from four different organizations on their view on motivation. The study shows that the usage of the self-determination theory results in a theory-based motivational view on leadership. Several manners of fulfilling employees’ needs for autonomy, competence and relatedness are distinguished; all enacted by leaders and/or recognized by their employees. Furthermore, the study provides insight in how the participants reported the balance between fulfilling the needs for autonomy, competence and relatedness. Implications of the study and suggestions for further research are presented.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
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