McClelland's Human Motivation Theory

Motivation is a critical issue affecting our performance.

One key theorist on Human Motivation is that of David McClelland.

McClelland's theory revolves around what drives Motivation in the first place.  The theory has been used to help leaders understand more about Motivation and learn to allocate appropriate roles, Communicate and give Recognition more effectively.

McClelland's theory is known by a number of names:

  • Human Motivation Theory
  • Three Needs Theory
  • Learned Needs Theory
  • Acquired Needs Theory
  • Motivational Needs Theory

Understanding Motivation using McClelland's research can help you give and understand feedback and appreciate what a person Values in terms of praise.

Learn more about McClelland's Theory and improve you knowledge and application of Recognition and Feedback and thereby improve your teams performance.


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Related topics in Motivation:

Attribution Theory 

Comparing Maslow, Alderfer and Herzberg

McGregor's Theory X and Theory Y

Stum's Performance Pyramid

This topic forms part of the Motivation Learning Stream.

See the previous topic in the learning stream: Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

See the next topic on the learning Stream: McGregor's Theory X and Theory Y