Prosocial Leadership 

Timothy Ewest

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

LUKE 6:31

Understanding Prosocial Leadership

The world exists only on account of him who disregards his own existence.

ABBAHU, Talmud

The resources below represent ongoing research on Prosocial Leadership, by Timothy Ewest. Research on Prosocial Leadership is added to this site as it is completed. Presently there are numerous books, articles, and chapters which are in the process of being added. Please do check back. Moreover, my research moves beyond examining Prosocial Leadership, I also have done research with a focus on faith and work, Christianity in the Workplace and Ethics which can be found at the following link: Timothy Ewest Google Scholar

"Prosocial Leadership: Research investigating the identity and development of prosocial leaders."

  • This paper begins by reviewing the relevant literature pertaining to the topic of research, prosocial leadership. This literature includes: the normative ethical theory which underpins many ethical leadership paradigms, the existing connections of prosocial values (and their corresponding behaviors) to leadership behaviors, and then focus on the process of prosocial leadership development. The paper is a result of qualitative research using grounded theory methodology which was conducted over an 8-year period on students (n=153) who were enrolled in a leadership certificate program. The research findings explain the antecedents to prosocial leadership, delineate specific prosocial leadership formative antecedents, and align these findings into a model for prosocial leadership development. While the intrinsic connection between ethics, prosocial behavior and leadership is beyond the scope or intent of this paper, nor does this paper suggest that prosocial behavior and leadership are intrinsically linked, but instead, that leadership acts as a channel or conduit for prosocial behaviors and is present within many leadership behaviors. The focus of this paper determines what phenomena give rise to leaders developing into leaders whose leadership behaviors are prosocial. The prosocial leadership development process that emerged can be identified by the four following stages: Conceptualization, ideation, action and reflection/internalization. These prosocial development stages found good theoretical support from the research literature.
  • APA Citation: Ewest, T. G. (2016, January). Prosocial Leadership: Research investigating the identity and development of prosocial leaders. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2016, No. 1, p. 14575). Academy of Management.

"Leadership and Moral Behavior."

  • Even though leadership theories are diverse, one notable commonality among leadership theories is that they inculcate the importance of moral behavior. This chapter explores moral leadership by providing brief contextual considerations regarding morals, outlines the most commonly used moral theories, examines each moral theory’s strength and weakness, discusses the connection between moral theories and leadership theories by examining contextual considerations for the discussion, and discusses the central role of prosocial values in both morals and leadership theories, and then the chapter resolves with a case study and a simple moral test. This chapter will promote the idea that moral leaders act in ways that seek the welfare of others, even at personal cost.
  • APA Citation: Ewest, T. (2017). Leadership and Moral Behavior. In Leadership Today (pp. 43-57). Springer International Publishing.

 "The Relationship Between Transformational Leadership Practices and Global Social Responsibility."

  • The present study explored whether there was a correlation between global social responsibility and transformational leadership using the Global Social Responsibility Inventory and the Student Leadership Practices Inventory existed. The findings showed a positive correlation between transformational leadership and global social responsibility. Specifically, four of five variables on the Student Leadership Practices Inventory, an instrument that measures transformational leadership, correlated with global social responsibility (prosocial behavior) as measured on the scale of Global Social Responsibility Inventory.
  • APA Citation: Ewest, T. (2015). The Relationship Between Transformational Leadership Practices and Global Social Responsibility. Journal of Leadership Studies, 9(1), 19-29.

Prosocially Centered Leadership Creates Global Stewards."

  •  The increasing concerns over social, environmental, and economic problems are most often met with limited action by global communities and national businesses. Consumption of the planet's resources and increasing social problems continue to outpace progress against them (Monfreda et al., 2004; International Forum for Human Development, 2006). National and global communities are generally slow in taking responsibility for the world's social, environmental, and economic problems, partly due to their significant investment in . . .
  • APA Citation: Ewest, T. (2017). Prosocially Centered Leadership Creates Global Stewards. Beyond the Bottom Line: Integrating Sustainability into Business and Management Practice, 10.

"Prosocial Leadership: Understanding the Development of Prosocial Behavior within Leaders and their Organizational Settings"

  • This book explores the behavioral phenomenon that is intended to aid in the benefit of others, known as prosocial behavior. The author combines eight years of quantitative and qualitative research to explain and delineate the antecedents to prosocial leadership and align these findings into an understandable model for prosocial leadership development. This groundbreaking text is the first to combine the elements of prosocial followership, development, and altruism as essential components to leadership. It further explores the behaviors, values, and ideas leading to the formation of prosocial leadership within individuals and organizations. 

​In need of training

We have so far to go to realize our human potential for compassion, altruism, and love.

JANE GOODALL, Harvest for Hope


Reseach, Timothy Ewest