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How do we choose our leaders? An evolutionary approach.

How do we choose our leaders? The Spanish broadcaster Eduardo Punset tackled this question with the evolutionary social psychologist Mark van Vugt of the University of Kent in his programme Redes (“Networks”).

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Leaders, kangaroos and communication

Few subjects arouse such interest as leadership. There are millions of entries devoted to it in Google, and hundreds of courses and books, some of which provide the ingredients for becoming a good leader in the best style of the traditional cookery book. And yet, leadership continues to be a problem area for many organizations, despite the fact that it is quite possibly the key factor in fostering the development of talent, the achievement of targets and the elimination of fear.

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Becoming better leaders… without becoming superheroes

The competing theories on how to develop leadership qualities can be neatly divided into two camps. First of all, we have the “development looking out” approach which involves identifying positive role-models to follow. On the other hand, we have the “development looking in” school which advocates harnessing our emotions to achieve our full potential. Obviously, there is also a middle way which combines both approaches. This is probably the most fruitful course of action.

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