Performance Motivation Through PEAKS

A review of the meta-analysis article, Big Five Traits are an Important Source of Performance Motivation (Judge & Ilies, 2002) demonstrates how the personality traits influence the 3 central theories of performance motivation, namely goal-setting, expectancy and self-efficacy.

The quantitative review includes 150 correlations from 65 studies. Traits were organized according to the five-factor model of personality.


As PEAKS coaches, when assessing the construct of motivation, we need to be aware that motivation is demonstrated in 3 faces:

  • goal-setting: if our client has a clear goal, he or she is more motivated than one who has no goals
  • expectancy: if our client can see a link between their effort and their desired results, they are more motivated
  • self-efficacy: if our client is confident of their own abilities, they are more likely to be motivated to perform

From the above, we recognise that Purpose, Energy and Sustainability Scores are important concerns. A higher P, E and S score is likely to influence motivation in a positive direction.

Helpful advice for the various traits:


PEAKS advice