Status is the desire for social standing. It is one of our 16 motives according to motivation research by Ph.D. Steven Reiss.

People with a weak desire for status are unimpressed by titles and status symbols. They have nonmaterialistic values. They are down-to-earth, casual, informal and humble. They don’t treat people who work higher up in a corporate hierarchy more different than colleagues. Some of them might even dislike a job that involves interacting with formal people.

They are unimpressed with high society, but respect achievers – for example great writers or business people – but are not impressed with status seekers. They believe it is wrong to admire someone just because he/she happened to be born for example wealthy.

When people with high and low motive for status need to interact at work, there can be many misunderstandings between them.

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Aila Kekkonen

Certified Reiss Motivation Profile coach, facilitator and trainer