Original Article: PDF OnlyMixed Motivations: The Leadership ContradictionMcConnell, Charles R.Author Information Leadership Development Coordinator, ViaHealth, Rochester, New York Health Care Supervisor: December 1998 - Volume 17 - Issue 2 - p 63-75 Buy Abstract Individuals who seek leadership positions are driven by a mixture of motivating forces that involve the pursuit of largely psychological needs that are often far more self-serving than altruistic. Because of personal drives involved, we have reason to conclude at times that the leaders we do get are not the best, because the truly best are not strongly driven to seek leadership. Also, supervisors and other managers frequently make the mistake of judging employees' drives and motivations differently from their own. However, followers follow for the same essential reason that leaders lead: to attain need satisfaction. There are various patterns or styles of leadership, and it is possible to readily identify a particular leader's style and to learn something about the needs that drive the leader simply by observing that person's behavior. Ultimately the leaders who are most successful are those who are able to make the organization's goals their own and to be genuinely driven to attain those goals. © Williams & Wilkins 1998. All Rights Reserved.