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date: 05 July 2020

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This chapter addresses the motivational aspects of leadership within the context of self-determination theory. We first review the three basic psychological needs and discuss previous work on autonomy support and employee outcomes. Next, we review five prominent leadership theories in the management literature and how each theory is related to self-determination theory. We also discuss how specific leader behaviors can promote followers’ intrinsic need satisfaction (relatedness, autonomy, and competence) and how each leadership theory addresses these three needs. We finish with a discussion of leaders’ own motivations by linking transformational leadership theory with self-determination theory. Here, we propose a new program of research on motivation to lead, which examines what motivates individuals to behave as leaders.

Keywords: leadership, motivation, transformational leadership theory, charismatic leadership, authentic leadership, behavioral leadership

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