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Growing self-leaders: the role of motivating language

Milton Mayfield (Sanchez School of Business, Division of International Business and Technology Studies, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, Texas, USA)
Jacqueline Mayfield (Sanchez School of Business, Division of International Business and Technology Studies, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, Texas, USA)

Development and Learning in Organizations

ISSN: 1477-7282

Article publication date: 5 September 2016

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to examine how leader communication can help foster an employee’s ability to set and achieve goals and align these goals with organizationally relevant purposes.

Design/methodology/approach

To better understand this process, the authors use two well-supported theories – motivating language to provide a framework for understanding leader communication and self-leadership to examine employee goal setting.

Findings

Examining these two theories together has resulted in a practical, theory-based guide for how managers can use leader communication to improve workplace results.

Originality/value

This paper offers researchers a new lens through which to view workplace practices in organizations driven by innovation and knowledge management, and a framework for managers and consultants to develop methods for inspiring and guiding workers toward improved organizational performance.

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Citation

Mayfield, M. and Mayfield, J. (2016), "Growing self-leaders: the role of motivating language", Development and Learning in Organizations, Vol. 30 No. 5, pp. 14-17. https://doi.org/10.1108/DLO-03-2016-0025

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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