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These are just models which means they need to be taken with a grain of salt. Maslow teaches us about the importance in addressing multiple needs and also the danger of over-contributing to a single need in the hopes that motivation will increase, but it is not infallible.
A good PM should educate themselves on multiple models such that their ability to be a situational leader is enhanced.
Should you choose an approach?
Hello Luis, Kiron,
I think Maslow's theory more or less covers the practical issues/aspects of a human life. However, in today's perspective, when we take the context of project management, physiological and safety needs are more or less assumed to be met by the employer by a combination of organizational policy and local law of land.
Employed people are usually expected to maintain a general work ethic whether natural or forced, although, occasionally an outburst or meltdown of an individual may be observed.
There are several factors that come into play based on the industry as well, such as
industry where safety is foremost, industry where self-actualization is primary etc. The personality of the project manager also plays a vital role in choosing the model or approach. I think there is no black & white answer for this.
For eg, Servant-leader approach might work in those industries where human intelligence is the primary resource but may not be a feasible approach where clock-work and brute force outputs matter to get a product out.
One team member's appartment building was destroyed by a fire and subsequent water damage. This person was not thinking of self-esteem or self-actualization for a few weeks as the person had to put priority on finding shelter and clothes.
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