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This article discusses the phenomenon of peace leadership, an emerging sub-area of leadership studies. This literature review discusses peace leadership scholarly work specifically identified as such by its authors, and therefore does not include literature potentially viewed as informing the broader discussion of peace leadership. The peace leadership specific scholarly literature discussed herein includes work on the traits, characteristics, and practices of peace leaders; peace leader role and responsibilities; and the connective and collective nature of peace leadership. Discussion of the literature concludes with a proposed definition of peace leadership and three suggestions for ways to continue to build peace leadership scholarship including: empirical studies, theoretical and conceptual model creation, and ongoing informed discussions, and in itself contributes to the emerging conversation of peace leadership.


This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in International Journal of Public Leadership, volume 12, issue 3, in 2016 following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at DOI: 10.1108/IJPL-04-2016-0013.

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