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Self-Management and Leadership Development

Self-Management and Leadership Development

New Horizons in Management series

Edited by Mitchell G. Rothstein and Ronald J. Burke

Self-Management and Leadership Development offers a unique perspective on how leaders and aspiring leaders can and should take personal responsibility for their own development. This distinguished book is differentiated from other books on this topic with its view on the instrumental role played by individuals in managing their own development, rather than depending on others, such as their organization, to guide them. Expert scholars in the area of leadership emphasize the importance of self-awareness as the critical starting point in the process. Explicit recommendations are provided on how individuals can manage their own self-assessment as a starting point to their development. The contributors present insights and practical recommendations on how individuals can actively self-manage through a number of typical leadership challenges.

Chapter 11: Work Motivations, Job Behaviors and Flourishing in Work and Life

Ronald J. Burke

Subjects: business and management, business leadership, organisational behaviour, politics and public policy, leadership


1 Ronald J. Burke This chapter includes a selective review of research findings related to the central concepts of the chapter – values, motivations, behaviors and flourishing – self-assessment instruments with normative information allowing readers to see how they compare with others, along with indications of scores on each that should provide ‘food for thought’, and a framework to identify behavioral changes that might enrich one’s life and improve one’s performance in several life roles, along with a process for bringing about these changes. We encourage you to have a note pad handy as you work your way through the chapter. LIFE IS FULL OF PROBABILITIES One often reads about or sees stories on television in which interviews with a person who has reached the age of 100 are reported. The person is asked for his or her (usually a her, but that’s a different chapter) secrets to living a long life. The person responds by saying they smoked a pack of cigarettes a day since they were a teenager, had a few scotches at night to relax, and stayed up late carousing. One then hears or reads about a physically fit individual who made all the desirable life style choices dying of a heart attack while jogging. There are no guarantees in life; there are only probabilities. There is a reasonably high probability that smoking, drinking, eating badly and being overweight will be associated with a shorter lifespan, but there is no guarantee of this. Individuals who are chronically angry, hostile...

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