Lookup NU author(s): Professor Daniel Nettle
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Leadership is an active area of research in both the biological and social sciences. This review provides a transdisciplinary synthesis of biological and social-science views of leadership from an evolutionary perspective, and examines patterns of leadership in a set of small-scale human and non-human mammalian societies. We review empirical and theoretical work on leadership in four domains: movement, food acquisition, within-group conflict mediation, and between-group interactions. We categorize patterns of variation in leadership in five dimensions: distribution (across individuals), emergence (achieved versus inherited), power, relative payoff to leadership, and generality (across domains). We find that human leadership exhibits commonalities with and differences from the broader mammalian pattern, raising interesting theoretical and empirical issues.
Author(s): Smith JE, Gavrilets S, Mulder MB, Hooper PL, El Mouden C, Nettle D, Hauert C, Hill K, Perry S, Pusey AE, van Vugt M, Smith EA
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Print publication date: 01/01/2016
Online publication date: 06/11/2015
Acceptance date: 01/01/1900
ISSN (print): 0169-5347
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE LONDON