Locke and Latham’s legacy provides a model of courage.

Comments on the original article by Locke and Latham (see record 2019-00998-001). Goal-setting theory touched the lives of many by clarifying the types of goals that help people become more productive. The theory touched people directly through Locke and Latham’s writings (e.g., Locke & Latham, 1990) and indirectly through their shaping of institutions’ teaching philosophy. Reading Locke and Latham’s (2019) legacy article unveils an ever more interesting story, a story of courage, with the two scientists cooperatively pursuing a research question of their passion against the tides of their time. In this commentary, I want to focus on three indicators of their courage even though many more could be added to the list. The first indicator pertains to their inductive rather than deductive reasoning approach to science. Further attesting to their courage, Locke and Lathan dared to include a wide variety of moderator variables in goal-setting theory. The third indicator of courage pertains to the two researchers establishing their legacy in close cooperation. They started apart and then found their calling in thinking, arguing, and working together for decades. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved)