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

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Harper Collins, Jan 18, 2011 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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Groundbreaking and timely, Naturally Selected unravels the mystery of leadership—why some lead, why some follow, and why it matters to every one of us. Evolutionary psychologist Mark van Vugt and science journalist Anjana Ahuja upend the accepted wisdom about leadership and, following in the tradition of Jim Collins’ Good to Great and Noel Tichy’s The Leadership Engine, deliver a book with the power to change ordinary lives. Naturally Selected teaches leaders to avoid pitfalls and tells followers how to negotiate the foibles of overbearing managers, giving readers a crucial path to achieving happier lives and greater successes.
 

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NATURALLY SELECTED: The Evolutionary Science of Leadership

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A pop-psych effort at identifying the traits of a leader, in which nature trumps nurture.What makes a good leader? Write van Vugt (Psychology/VU University Amsterdam) and journalist Ahuja, the good ... Read full review

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Thousands of books discuss how to become a great leader. This unusual book discusses the “why” of leadership. Why do leaders exist, why do they lead and why do others follow them? Psychology professor Mark van Vugt and London Times writer Anjana Ahuja take you back two million years, when humanity’s ancestors first walked upright in perilous African savannahs, clustering in groups for protection and following leaders who could help them stay alive. Leadership proves so ancient that it predates language. The instincts for leadership and followership, both adaptive behaviors, are indelibly hard-wired into human brains thanks to the evolutionary process. This distinctive book scientifically examines leadership’s ancient roots in fascinating fashion. getAbstract believes it will engage all kinds of leaders, although Machiavellian types may be distinctly uncomfortable to see their sinister traits analyzed with such devastating precision.
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Contents

The nature of leadership
13
Its all just a game
42
Born to follow
65
the democratic ape
94
The birth of corruption
122
The Mismatch Hypothesis
148
lessons in natural leadership
184
Envoi
209
Glossary
222
Bibliography
238
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Mark van Vugt is a leading international authority on the science of leadership. He is a professor of psychology at VU University Amsterdam and a research associate at the University of Oxford. He lives near Amsterdam.

Anjana Ahuja holds a PhD in space physics, and is a former science columnist and feature writer for the London Times. She lives in London.

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