The research observed that those who develop into prosocial leaders pass through four stages of individual development. These four stages emerged based on the observation of individuals in their personal journey of prosocial leadership development. Each of the four stages has specific steps that individuals took (not included below in the description) which act as a guide for future developing prosocial leaders. Below is a general description of the four stages of leadership development. There was also a secondary study on organizational leaders of social ventures which revealed a secondary process complementing the one outlined below, although the second development process is not described below.
While these four stages apply to both emerging prosocial leaders and established prosocial organizational leaders, in the organizational leader adds two steps to the process, which is outlined in organizational training section
"The root of happiness is altruism - the wish to be of service to others."
Dalai Lama (Lecture in Harvard, 1988)
Understanding Prosocial Leadership
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