This paper attends to a broad range of practically significant employee motivations and provides insight into how to enhance individual-level performance by examining individual-level state goal orientation emergence in organizational work groups. Leadership and multilevel climate processes are theorized to parallel each dimension of state goal orientation to cue and ultimately induce the corresponding achievement focus among individual work group members. It is argued that the patterns of leader behavior, which elucidate the leader’s achievement priority, shape group members’ psychological and work group climate to embody this priority. Resulting multilevel climate perceptions signal and compel group members to adopt the ascribed form of state goal orientation. The quality of the leader–member exchange (LMX) relationship is viewed as a means to clarify leader messages in the formation of group members’ psychological climate and internalize these cues in the emergence of state goal orientation. Considerations for future research and practice are discussed.