Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)



First Advisor

Velma J. Lashbrook

Second Advisor

Tom Morgan


This paper examines the relationship between Strengths-Based Leadership and the way that style of leadership affects intrinsic motivation and, in turn, performance within a corporate setting. I center my research utilizing several works done by one of the principal researchers of intrinsic motivation, Edward Deci, and the Father of Strengths Psychology, Donald Clifton. Also, included is supporting literature authored by a variety of scholars. Through a concentrated and thorough analysis of this existing work concerning each topic, a conclusion will be reached regarding the relationship these ideas have with one another as well as their effect on performance when understood as interdependent facets within an organization; this interdependent notion will be referred to as IN-MOST (Hybrid of intrinsic, motivate, and strength). Finally, suggestions for implementation and action regarding IN-MOST will be outlined.


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