Pausch’s style, rapport, passion and vision provide a noteworthy exemplar of
motivation in action and readers are subsequently directed to either the video or
his lecture for further elucidation.
Randy Pausch’s ‘Last Lecture’ serves as a compelling example of how a leader
can influence the behaviour of followers by motivating and inspiring them. Such
a skill is compelling for the leadership scholar, as it has been proven that more
motivated employees are more likely to be productive and efficient, less likely to
leave the company, and more likely to contribute positively to organizational
goals. The study of the role of motivation in leadership falls under the auspices
of the behavioural management (also known as the human relations) approach,
which subsequently forms the focus of this chapter.