The unwavering expectation placed upon leadership to change the world is appropriate. Leaders can bring positive and expansive change to the global community. But, it would be a misguided assumption to believe that these leaders can just be told the good they should be doing, and then be expected to do that good.
Every leader has gone through some form of a development process, seeking to be more human, more themselves. The prosocial leadership development process demonstrates that individuals can develop into leaders who genuinely care for others, and also lead organizations to greater care for the world.
If you want to determine your own progress in prosocial leadership develop or want to guide others in the progress, the Prosocial Leadership Development Process may be just what you were waiting to find.
"The most powerful force ever known on this planet is human cooperation - a force for construction and destruction."
Prosocial Leadership theory is based on eight years of research conducted on emerging leaders, and five years of research on leaders of social venture organizations. This site is designed to provide a general introduction to Prosocial Leadership, a more formal and academic discussion can be found by exploring the "Resources" section.
Prosocial Leaders are . . .
“ . . . motivated by and respond to empathy, and without regard to punishment, or reward, act to bring about the welfare of followers and those they are committed to serving.”
Prosocial leaders can be found as exemplars of many existing leadership theories. Numerous leadership theories value the importance of empathy, benevolence or seeking the welfare of others. But, Prosocial Leadership has a singular focus on how an individual’s intrinsic empathy develops into prosocial actions that positively affect groups that these leaders are committed to serving.
Prosocial Leadership identifies a leadership development process that allows individuals and organizations to describe or implement the four basic stages in developing prosocial leadership. When prosocial leaders, lead their organizations in prosocial actions, they practice stewardship.
"The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others."
Dalai Lama (Lecture in Harvard, 1988)
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"When Jesus heard this, He said to him, "One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
Jesus of Nazareth (Luke 18:22)