The current work title of my research project is Compassionate Leadership – from a process-oriented leadership perspective
My research focus lies on the process of how the concept of compassion influences leadership processes and vice versa. Unlike much of the previous research the current thesis is not limited to conceptualize around the concept of compassion in organizations or organizational compassion, or viewing compassion as a leader characteristic or leader trait. Instead I am curious to explore in what way may the interdependence between ”leaders” and ”followers” or leading-following interactions be influenced when the leadership becomes more compassionate? I am partly motivated by the statement below:
”The most compelling argument for compassion may be this: to sustain one’s effectiveness as a leader, manager, or professional, the experience of compassion will set in motion restorative mental, emotional, and physiological processes. And all of this leads to a more positive environment in an organization, which affects how that organization actually performs” (Boyatzis & McKee, 2005:185)
The first purpose for the proposed thesis is, hence:
... to investigate - does compassion matter when it comes to the interdependent relationship between ”leaders” and ”followers”? If yes, in what way and how?
My second purpose is about cultivating compassion, i.e. to examine how compassion can be cultivated in individuals and teams in an organizational setting; to understand what consequences that will have on themselves, on the relationship with others, and on the leadership process?
My third purpose – to develop a model of compassionate leadership and its implications for the practice of leadership and further studies.
Please, feel free to contact me if any interest or question may arise.
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