DIY – Drive It Yourself


In Daniel Pink’s book Drive, he examines the research about motivation and presented that instead of extrinsic rewards as motivators, motivation is essentially intrinsic. He listed three aspects of this intrinsic motivation as autonomy, mastery and purpose.

Oddly, it is often seen as the responsibility of the leader of an organisation, which would include principal for a school and teacher for a class, to make external arrangements that provides for these three aspects.

It might therefore be helpful to also consider what this might mean for an individual no matter what the external circumstances are. My thoughts are that we can rephrase these three aspects in the following manner:

autonomy – take charge

mastery – get better

purpose – make meaning

The ownership (or locus of control, agency) is shifted back to the individual, in alignment with the Growth mindset. They spell out the actions that can be taken, to put effort into and to get better at.

If this is so, what can a leader-teacher do to engender such an approach?

What are your thoughts?



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