The Relation between Vocational Interests and the Motivation to Lead

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Multidimensional scaling is used to examine the relation between vocational interests as conceptualized by Holland's (1973, 1997) hexagonal model and a newly proposed individual differences construct, called the motivation to lead or MTL (Chan, 1999). The findings support the hypothesis that the MTL construct, while correlated with certain interest domains (e.g., social and enterprising), is orthogonal to Holland's hexagonal model of interests. The findings have implications for general theory on the nature of job versus role interests at work and for the MTL construct.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-245
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2000


  • Leadership
  • Motivation to lead
  • Multidimensional scaling
  • Personality
  • Values
  • Vocational interests

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Applied Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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