chapter  4
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Behavioural theories

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.