Purpose– To assess the role of need for achievement on decision making and life orientation of young adults.
Design/methodology/approach– The data was collected from the participants using aquestionnaire. The sample size is 100 young adults. The sampling technique used is convenience sampling, and the research design is a cross-sectional survey. It was hypothesised that individuals high in achievement motivation will also be high in life orientation level and there will be a positive correlation between achievement motivation and decision making.
Findings – The results of the study indicate that an individual high in achievement motivation will also be high in life orientation level and a positive correlation is found between achievement motivation and decision making. The other findings are that optimising decision-making styles is positively correlated with achievement motivation and a significant difference in achievement motivation between males and females is found, indicating a higher need for achievement in females as compared to males.
Social Implications– The findings of the study are considerable with respect to the personal, professional, and educational development of young adults. As the research suggests, there is a positive relationship between decision-making styles, achievement motivation, and orientation towards life. Therefore, various decision-making styles can be introduced in the behavioural sciences’ subject domain. Higher achievement needs in females indicate their potential in various professional realms, and such platforms, if provided, can increase women’s participation in the workforce, resulting in economic, social, and personal development for women as well as society.
Originality/ Value – The youth of a country are its greatest assets, and for an aspirational country, there is a need for a highly motivated task force. The research topic focuses on how motivated behaviour occupies a central position in personality and its relationship with decision-making style and orientation towards life. This study focuses on the need of the hour, which is harnessing our youth and exploring more about the achievement-oriented behaviour and optimistic outlook of young adults, which is the demographic dividend of the country.
Keywords: Decision-making, Life Orientation, Need for Achievement, Personality, Young adulthood