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Gottfried, A. E. (2011, April). Searching for Motivation from Childhood through Adulthood: Findings and Implications of a Longitudinal Investigation across Two Decades. Invited presentation at the 2011 Western Psychological Association Convention, Los Angeles.

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This presentation provided an overview of my research program on academic intrinsic motivation with regard to: developmental trends across the school years, the role of environment and parental motivational practices, and relationships to academic achievement.

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Gottfried, Adele. E., et al. (2011). Motivational roots of leadership: A longitudinal study from childhood through adulthood. The Leadership Quarterly, 22, 510-519. In special issue of The Leadership Quarterly on “Longitudinal Investigations of Leader Development.”

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The present study elucidates developmental roots of leadership by investigating how motivation from childhood through adolescence is linked to motivation to lead in adulthood. Results showed considerable and significant continuity between academic intrinsic motivation and motivation to lead, indicating that adults with greater enjoyment of leadership per se, and who are motivated to lead without regard to external consequences, were significantly more intrinsically motivated from childhood through adolescence. Implications for developing motivation in leaders are advanced.

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