Naturally Selected The Evolutionary Science of Leadership

ISBN-10: 0061963836
ISBN-13: 9780061963834
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Description: A groundbreaking and definitive work of evolutionary psychology that upends everything we thought we knew about leadership We are all leaders or followers-or both-and we can recognize leadership in almost every area of life. But what makes a good,  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/18/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

A groundbreaking and definitive work of evolutionary psychology that upends everything we thought we knew about leadership We are all leaders or followers-or both-and we can recognize leadership in almost every area of life. But what makes a good, bad, or even outstanding leader? Fusing psychology, business, evolutionary biology, and current affairs, Naturally Selected examines the evolution of leadership over several million years, from birds and bees to apes and humans, and presents a compelling new hypothesis: the slow pace of evolution has resulted in a mismatch between modern leadership and the kind of leadership for which our Stone Age brains are wired. Grounded in rigorous academic scholarship, written with journalistic flair, and full of fascinating examples drawn from politics, commerce, sports, and culture, this extraordinary, eye-opening book explains: why tall presidential candidates usually beat short ones why great athletes often make lousy managers why we don't like working for huge companies why women chief executives attract hostility why middle managers are universally reviled In doing so, Naturally Selected reveals how the psychology of leadership affects us all-and how we can change our lives by improving the ways we lead and follow.

Mark Van Vugt is Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at VU University, the Netherlands, and he holds honorary positions at the University of Oxford and the University of Kent, United Kingdom. He started his academic studies in Psychology in the Netherlands and he worked at various universities in the UK before returning to his birth town Amsterdam to take on a professorship in Psychology. He has published over 100 articles in outlets such as Nature, Psychological Science, and the American Psychologist on various topics in social, organizational and evolutionary psychology, including leadership and management, altruism and cooperation, social identity and intergroup conflict, sex differences, transport and environmental sustainability. He is a former Associate Editor of Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and co-author of several books, including a trade book on leadership, titled "Selected"(Profile/Harper, 2010) . Mark Van Vugt is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts in London and blogs on Psychology Today.

Acknowledgments
Prologue
The nature of leadership
It's all just a game
Born to follow
Status-seeking on the savannah: the democratic ape
The birth of corruption
The Mismatch Hypothesis
From savannah to boardroom: lessons in natural leadership
Envoi
Six Natural Leaders - a questionnaire
The natural history of leadership
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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