Prosocial Leadership 

Understanding Prosocial Leadership

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But, expecting leaders to simply be "ethical", and do the right thing isn't realistic, since knowing what is the right thing to do, does not ensure that leaders will do the right thing. The perspective demand to "do the right thing" also doesn't take into account antecedents which have formed and presently inform the individual in ethical action.  Yet, this faulty belief is representative of a larger problem, that being the assumed connection between leadership and ethics.  While most people would like leadership and ethics to be joined together, the relationship between ethics and leadership is problematic


[1] Hernandez, M. (2008). Promoting stewardship behavior in organizations: A leadership model. Journal of Business Ethics, 80(1), 121-128.


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Stewardship: A Comprehensive Leadership Development Model.

Many expect organizations to become more responsible, for environmental and societal issues. But, research indicates that the majority of companies who take responsibility do so because they have key leaders who distill their personal values into their organizations.  

Leaders who are personally motivated to care for the planet and people result in organizations who are held accountable.   When an individual leader's personal values are employed within an organization,  this leads to organizational wide sustainability practices. The result is a comprehensive model of leadership development, or what is regarded by some in the academy as "Stewardship" [1]

The Need for Prosocial Leaders


My research on Prosocial Leadership centered on the question . . .

What are the characteristics and developmental process associated individuals whose leadership behaviors are prosocial, being motivated by empathy, resulting in altruistic action?

The interconnectedness of global communities has resulted in conditions where local negative impacts upon the environment or society can be seen or directly felt by the entire global community. While complex global problems will take communities of individuals to resolve, leaders at every level will be needed to initiate. 

The world is in need of leaders who help address both mounting societal and environmental issues. Yet, the ethical landscape in many developed countries, including America, while having a multiplicity of moral resources available, yet are met many times with insular complacency.  Yet, asking organizations to take responsibility is noble, but misguided since organizations values are driven and directed by their leadership. What is needed, are individuals who can take personal responsibility and help others, and lead organizations to do the same - to be good stewards.