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Naturally Selected: Why Some People Lead, Why Others Follow, and Why It Matters

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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 exam
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ebook, 272 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published August 1st 2010)
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Emily Leathers
Why do leaders and followers exist? Many theories exist attempting to describe what makes a good leader, but none of them discuss what makes a leader necessary. This book proposes a new theory, evolutionary leadership theory or ELT, that does.

Clearly written and easy to understand. Good background on other theories. A little slow and repetitive, but that's much better than assuming I know things I don't. Great job!

Do make sure to take everything with a grain of salt - some of the 'reasons' that
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Kyungmin
Very interesting mixture of topics, well explained.
Izwan Z
This book has been an absolute joy to read. It gives insight on how we make decisions on how we subconsciously choose leaders based on prehistoric times. It also tells you how you could position yourself (or at least brace yourself) in a position of power or the lack thereof. Amazing read.
Ralph Zoontjens
Some pretty good insights into human psychology. It can help bring out the leader in you.
Gauchoholandes
Evolutionary theory applied to leadership (and follower-ship): what explains their existence on Darwinian grounds, the different kinds and treats and how does all this reconcile with the various schools of leadership thought (of which a great historical overview). Original and enlightening in equally high measure.
Nancy
I found it interesting to learn about the evolution of leadership, as well as the hard science behind why some are leaders.
Rubecca Martinez-dalton
Interesting at times but also written a little less "smart" than expected. Some good points on leadership and leadership styles.
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“In effect, evolution has fixed the capacity for followership – and the recognition of leadership potential – into our grey matter. It takes minimal effort to coax these facilities to the fore: we have found that, if you throw a group of people together to perform a task, it can take as little as 25 seconds for the group to nominate a leader and fall into line behind him. The chosen one will usually have some special expertise that will help the group, making him an appropriate focal point for followership (or he’ll be the loudest, and we’ll see later why good talkers are able to command leadership positions).” 0 likes
“the Great Man theory (that leaders are born not made, the concept closest to our idea of some people, such as Rick Rescorla, having the ‘right stuff’); trait theory (a derivative of Great Man theory, which posits that leaders are distinguished by the traits or attributes they display, such as integrity and trustworthiness); psychoanalytic theory (Freud’s idea that all social groups are representations of the family); charismatic leadership (in which a figure attracts followers purely on the basis of personality); behavioural theory (that effective leadership results from certain behaviours); situational theory (that the way leadership is executed depends on the situation); contingency theory (an expansion of situational theory, which, in addition to situation, takes account of variables such as the kind of task for which leadership is required and how much power the leader has); transactional versus transformational leadership theory (which contrasts a fairly conventional style of leadership with a more visionary, inspirational style); distributed leadership theory (which eschews a strict hierarchy for a more fluid model, in which leadership roles are shared naturally rather than being formally assigned); and servant leadership theory, in which leadership is carried out purely for the benefit of the group, often at cost to the leader himself.” 0 likes
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