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Evolution and the Social Psychology of Leadership: The Mismatch Hypothesis

Van Vugt, Mark and Johnson, Dominic DP and Kaiser, Robert B and O'Gorman, Rick (2008) 'Evolution and the Social Psychology of Leadership: The Mismatch Hypothesis.' In: Hoyt, CL and Goethals, GR and Forsyth, DR, (eds.) Leadership at the Crossroads (Vol 1 Leadership and Psychology). Praeger, 262 - 282. ISBN 978-0-275-99760-1

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An evolutionary perspective on leadership assumes that leadership consists of a constellation of adaptations for solving different coordination problems in human ancestral environments, most notably pertaining to group movement, social cohesion, and intergroup relations. Our evolved leadership psychology influences the way we think about and respond to modern leadership, which creates the potential for a mismatch between leadership requirements in modern versus ancestral environments. This chapter provides some evidence for this mismatch hypothesis and notes some implications for leadership theory and practice.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2011 09:45
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2021 13:15

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