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January 29, 2010

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What an interesting debate!

The descriptions on both sides remind me of what some would call "transformational" (intrinsic) and "transactional" (extrinsic) leadership.

I've been reading on how different leadership styles can be more or less effective in different cultures, and it's been interesting to learn how one style or another may work well in one culture, but less in another. And in the research I've seen so far (and I think people on both sides of this argument would agree), the "laissez-faire" style is generally ineffective.

Personally I find myself believing in the both/and more than the either/or side.

I wonder if we could take it back to Herzberg's motivation and hygiene factors, aligning extrinsic motivation with hygiene (i.e. it has to be there to some degree), and aligning instrinsic motivation with Herzberg's motivators (i.e. if the basic external mechanisms are in place, the instrinsic, transformational style is what drives passionate and creative work).

What do you think?

Tim - thanks for weighing in! The only downside to using both ways to motivate performance is in circumstances where extrinsic motivators wreck intrinsic motivation and where creative and engaged thinking is needed. In these sitautions, our good intentions can backfire.

I read this blog this morning and couldn't help but think of this debate - it lends support to the notion that sometimes extrinsic motivators can actually keep people from doing their best!

http://blogs.hbr.org/bregman/2010/02/a-story-about-motivation.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+harvardbusiness+%28HBR.org%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher

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Thanks for the information! The issue about intrinsic motivation is not its importance at work or in the rest of our lives, but how to create it. How is it that people come to love their work? Were they born loving a particular job? Can you decrease intrinsic motivation? Can you increase it? If the answer is yes, then it follows that the environment is responsible. Some environments increase intrinsic motivation and some decrease them. The science of behavior analysis seeks to understand just how that happens.

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