Motivated Role Theory is in the Final Stages of Validity Testing

What are Motivated Roles & Motivated Role Theory?

Motivated Role Theory (MRT) explains how individual differences (that are manifested outwardly as personality) drive us to act preferentially in particular roles within groups, whether organizations, families, or any other group.

Motivated Roles at a Glance


MRT is based in evolutionary psychology where our behavior has been shaped to help us survive and thrive.


MRT deals with fundamental forces of motivation, not situation or transactional motivation.

Cross Cultural

MRT is related to personality theory that is cross-cultural and is tentatively valid across all cultures.


MRT helps model the complexity of motivation through a multi-trait model representing more than just motivated or not motivated.

Roles Not Poles

MRT represents roles that we are motivated to play, not poles or goals that we are motivated to attain.


MRT considers groups of people as if they were a single entity where individuals play different roles to help the larger good.

The 5 Orientations of Motivated Role Theory

Motivated Roles - Multi-Trait Motivation
Time Orientation

What timeframe is your focus?

Resource Orientation

What resource do you prefer to manage?

Rules Orientation

How do you approach rules?

Decision Orientation

What is your locus of decision making?

Threat Orientation

How do you approach threats?


We are excited about the research into Motivated Role Theory. And, we are looking forward to offering you and your team the opportunity to take the Motivated Roles Inventory. This inventory will help you understand the individual differences in motivation in your team.

In the meantime, please do connect to let us know of your interest in Motivated Role Theory.