The evolutionary psychology of leadership

@article{Vugt2014TheEP,
  title={The evolutionary psychology of leadership},
  author={Mark van Vugt and Richard Ronay},
  journal={Organizational Psychology Review},
  year={2014},
  volume={4},
  pages={74 - 95}
}
Evolutionary leadership theory (ELT) argues that humans possess specialized psychological mechanisms for solving coordination problems through leadership and followership. We discuss the evolutionary functions and psychological processes underlying leadership, and how to study leadership and followership from an integrated evolutionary perspective. An evolutionary perspective offers novel insights into major barriers to leadership effectiveness in organizations. These obstacles include (a… Expand
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