Psychological research on leadership has dealt mainly with the influence of leadership as an independent variable (Bass, 1990). Only recently has a pioneer attempt been made to develop an empirical model for the examination of motivation to lead (MTL; Chan, 1999). This model incorporates three factors: affective MTL, social-normative MTL, and calculative MTL. The study described here tested and expanded Chan's model with a sample from the Israel Defense Forces (IDF; n = 402). It confirms the existence of the three motivational factors located by Chan. Two additional motivational factors were found: ideological and patriotic. Also, leaders differed from non-leaders in their MTL factors. The theoretical and practical significance of these findings is discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Psychology (all)