S. Amir Kohan

What is Self-Determination Theory?

Self-Determination Theory identifies three core intrinsic motivators:




Autonomy in this context focuses more on self-initiation and regulating one’s behavior toward task selection, organization, and completion.

Competence involves the mastery of skills required to complete the work and interact with the environment effectively.

Relatedness involves attachment to and a sense of belongingness within a group. Leaders should give employees the opportunity to make decisions about their work, sharpen their skills, and connect with others in the organization whenever possible. Doing so will increase their internal drive and promote psychological wellness.

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