What makes a good leader? The way leaders are chosen and how they lead may not be so different between humans and others in the animal world. This is important to consider when we make decisions about our political leaders.
Communication is hugely important for leader effectiveness. Yet when managers and subordinates work remotely the quality of communications suffers. How can we improve remote leadership given the constraints of the human mind.
Leadership modifies organizational culture. An evolutionary niche construction perspective explains why some leaders work for the good of their organization while others turn out to be selfish and destructive leaders.
What causes young Muslims to radicalize and what should Western governments do to prevent it? Some relevant insights from social psychological theories of group polarization into radicalization and political extremism and some antidotes.
IS(IS) attracts many young Western Muslim men to go and fight a war far away from home. But why? The reasons are psychological, and lie deep in our evolutionary history. So too are the solutions to this crisis.
Is the World Cup football in Brazil a ritualized form of primitive warfare? Is watching football good or bad for your physical and mental health? Why do football players attract so much sexual attention? Do the tribal colors the football teams wear at the World Cup predict their success? The World Cup in Brazil viewed through the lens of an evolutionary psychologist
Being unemployed affects your social status. The consequences of status loss for your mental and physical health are real, but underappreciated by society. I refer to the status-health association as the Titanic effect. As Europe still faces massive unemployment, it is time for policy makers to consider these risks to avoid another Titanic disaster.
How do we explain the charismatic appeal of Nelson Mandela? His outstanding personal qualities made a difference. Yet his charismatic powers were primarily a reflection of the anxieties, needs and desires of his nation, South-Africa, and the world at large.
Does nature improve self-control? Recent studies suggest that exposure to natural landscapes makes people less impulsive in their decision-making, whereas exposure to urban landscapes increases their impulsiveness. With the majority of the world now living in cities we must find creative ways to connect with nature, particularly for kids who struggle with self-control.
The talent myth suggests that star players do not neccessarily raise team performances. When there are too many stars in a team conflicts emerge and natural hierarchies disappear, This has huge implications for the effectiveness of teams in business and sports like football (soccer) where record fees are being paid to bring in star players.
Being a good, prosocial employee pays off in the end: Research shows that individuals with a good reputation are preferred as co-workers. They even get a higher starting salary i a new job. So nice guys and girls get a head start in their working career.
The global financial crisis and the collapse of banks and businesses could have been prevented if we designed our firms and nations based on a sound understanding of human nature. So make way Homo Economicus!
What's in a baby name? Should we name our son Thomas or Henry and should we name our daughter Lily or Allison? Baby names may reflect a desire among parents to have more masculine sons and more feminine daughters, according to the latest research.
There are many important lessons about leadership in works of fiction. The cult Scandinavian politics TV series Borgen is no exception. The main character is a woman, Birgitte Nyborg, the Prime Minister of Denmark. The series offer some great insights into female versus male leadership, perhaps with a sad conclusion.
We all cry, but what are the biological and evolutionary functions behind the tears that we shed? Why are humans the only animal capable of producing tears when experiencing joy or sorrow? Here are some clues based on the latest scientific findings and the book and movie "Life of Pi."