Leadership, followership, and evolution: some lessons from the past.

@article{Vugt2008LeadershipFA,
  title={Leadership, followership, and evolution: some lessons from the past.},
  author={M. van Vugt and R. Hogan and R. Kaiser},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  year={2008},
  volume={63 3},
  pages={
          182-96
        }
}
This article analyzes the topic of leadership from an evolutionary perspective and proposes three conclusions that are not part of mainstream theory. First, leading and following are strategies that evolved for solving social coordination problems in ancestral environments, including in particular the problems of group movement, intragroup peacekeeping, and intergroup competition. Second, the relationship between leaders and followers is inherently ambivalent because of the potential for… Expand

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