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Management Gurus and Heros : Maslow Abraham

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Abraham Maslow - Most Well Known Psychologist In Motivation

Abraham Maslow is probably the best known of any psychologists that investigated human motivation. While his work did not specifically address leadership issues per se, his hierarchy of pychological needs is the best know model of human motivation, despite the fact that his methodology was flawed, and his conclusion that motivations were hierarchical in nature was incorrect.

That hasn't stopped people from adopting his model. The model itself, which is amazingly simple, has attracted a following around the world.

His work was a product of his times. He was part of a movement in Psychology called "The Third Force", but most know it as Humanistic Psychology, and emerged as a result of dissatisfaction with the behaviorist models of the times ( e.g. B.F Skinner).

Whether it has real value in today's world is questionable, and in fact some think it is incredibly misleading, but he is still best know for his use of the term "self-actualization".


While Maslow's hierarchy of needs, and the research methods he used to derive his conclusions were flawed, his biggest contribution was to popularize human motivation as an important process to look at within our modern organizations.

More On Maslow, Self-Actualization And His Hierarchy of Human Needs

  • Abraham Maslow - A Theory of Human Motivation By Abraham Maslow
    Published originally in Psychological Review, here is scholarly article by Abraham Maslow outlining his theory of human motivation. Of historical significance, and a primary source for understanding Maslow's work on motivation. (Added: 15-Jan-2007 Hits: 2121 )
  • Abraham Maslow - His theory By Dr. C. George Boeree
    Excellent summary of Maslow's work in humanistic psychology covers the basics, including self-actualization, hierarchy of needs, meta needs, meta pathologies, and finally, a brief critique. (Added: 15-Jan-2007 Hits: 1960 )
  • Maslow's Theory & Approach to Leadership Style By Stan Mack
    Can we use Maslow's theory to motivate staff and improve leadership? That's the main point here, but it's a good example of a superficial application of a very flawed model. (Added: 17-Oct-2014 Hits: 960 )
  • Social Networks: What Maslow Misses By Pamela Rutledge
    Psych. Today article that reconceptualizes Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs in light of modern behavior with social networks. Fascinating. (Added: 17-Oct-2014 Hits: 753 )

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