Positive Leadership: Moving Towards an Integrated Definition and Interventions

  • Kgomotso Silvia Malinga
  • Marius StanderEmail author
  • Werner Nell


There has been a shift in organisations towards leaders who are positive and able to create positive work environment for employees, as well as build relationships through teamwork and trust. Many have argued that positive leadership is needed in dealing with challenges that leaders face in organisations due to the constantly changing world of work. Although there are numerous studies on positive leadership, there is still confusion and considerable variability regarding the conceptualisation of positive leadership in literature. This chapter commences by outlining the findings of a critical review of existing literature on the topic of positive leadership, which considered both quantitative and qualitative articles published in English that contained conceptualisations, definitions, descriptions, behaviours, characteristics, or principles of positive leadership. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data. The key themes that were derived from the data included a number of leadership traits, motivational characteristics, as well as specific leadership behaviours. Secondly, this conceptualisation is used as the basis for proposing an integrated definition of positive leadership, which in turn is utilised in the final part of the chapter to propose three positive leadership interventions.


Critical review Leadership Positive leadership Positive leadership behaviours Thematic analysis Interventions 


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  • Kgomotso Silvia Malinga
    • 1
  • Marius Stander
    • 1
    Email author
  • Werner Nell
    • 1
  1. 1.Optentia Research Focus AreaNorth-West UniversityVanderbijlparkSouth Africa

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