“We rise by lifting others”
Understanding Prosocial Leadership
"He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own."
CONFUCIUS, attributed, Treasury of Thought
Below are selected sources and initiatives which pertain to Prosocial Leadership. Leadership and Management research draws from numerous fields. Prosocial Leadership draws leadership research, specifically positive and ethical leadership theories, ethical theories and prosocial psychology.
Research in the field of leadership studies is typically not framed within prosocial theoretical frameworks but does consider either the values of empathy or altruism or the importance of others directed behavior. Prosocial leadership does not supplant other leadership theories, instead, empathy and altruism are found within many well-known leadership theories, and the Prosocial Leadership Development process can be appended to and used by any leadership theory which has as a goal other’s directed leadership behavior.
Research in the field ofprosocial psychologytypically does not concern itself with individuals who influence a group to arrive at specific outcomes but does consider motivational states of agents who act.
Research which pertains to ethics typically focuses on classical philosophical suppositionsconsidering how humans ought to act, based on the ultimate nature of reality (metaphysics), and the logics that correspond to the depicted reality, including ground for knowing truth (epistemology), the rules, values and chosen values (normative ethics), and cases and principles as guidelines. These various aspects of ethics comprise the entire ethical dialogue and can be considered in their entirety by philosophers, or in separate components.
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