WHO WANTS TO BE HERE? Empirically Investigating Motivation and Engagement During Leader Development


We present a framework for understanding the relationship between individual differences in leaders’ motivations and their engagement in leader development, and we empirically test that framework across three different operationalizations of engagement, demonstrating that the motivation to develop as a leader (MTDL) is distinct from other motivational constructs (specifically, motivation to lead and motivation to learn) and that MTDL differentially predicts engagement in leader development.  Finally, we provide evidence that motivation and engagement mutually reinforce each other in a virtuous spiral during leader development.