Positive Leadership Behavior

  • Sara R. JordanEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_1341-1



Positive leadership behavior is a set of actions, taken by individuals in a position of power and influence, to motivate and cultivate others through mechanisms of empowerment, engagement, and collaborative assignment to meaningful work. Positive leadership behavior promotes happiness, well-being, and mindfulness as goals for organizations that are as important as profit, achievement, and winning in competitive situations, like markets and contract award.


What makes a good leader? The long history of political philosophy, studies of leaders, and studies of organization suggest that good leadership is that which is effective at motivating individuals to do those acts which would they would not ordinarily do. Over the course of time, our concept of leadership has changed from a leader motivating individuals into battle, to leaders motivating individuals to engage in repetitive productive tasks during the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Public Administration & PolicyVirginia Polytechnic University and State InstituteBlacksburgUSA