Professor in Evolutionary Psychology, Work and Organizational Psychology


Leadership and status

facing the situation

Spsiak, B., Homan, A., Grabo, A., & Van Vugt, M. (2011). Facing the situation: Testing a biosocial contingency model of leadership in intergroup relations using masculine and feminine faces,  The Leadership Quarterly,  23, 273-280. Download Abstract Using an evolutionary psychology framework we propose that leadership and followership are evolved traits to solve recurrent group...

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Leadership in Organizations: An Evolutionary Perspective

Spsiak, B.R., Nicholson, N., Van Vugt, M. (2011). Leadership in organizations: An evolutionary perspective. In G. Saad (Ed).) Evolutiuonary Psychology in the Business Sciences, pp. 165-190.  Springer DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-92784-6_7 Download Abstract In this chapter we discuss the potential of evolution to serve as a frame work for unifying our understanding of leadership....

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Selfish or servant leadership? Evidence for leadership personalites in coordination games

Gillet, J., Cartwright, E., & Van Vugt, M. (2011). Selfish or servant leadership? Evidence for leadership personalites in coordination games. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 231-236. Download Abstract We study the personalities of emergent leaders in two coordination games in groups of four players each with monetary incentives. Our results support the evolutionary hypothesis...

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The origins and evolution of leadership

King, A.J., Johnson, D. D. P., & Van Vugt, M. (2009). The origins and evolution of leadership. Current Biology, 19, R911-R916. Download Abstract How groups of individuals achieve coordination and collective action is a hot topic for researchers in the natural sciences, but until recently the role of leadership in this process has been largely overlooked. In contrast, leadership is arguably...

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Leadership, followership, and evolution (2008)

Van Vugt, M., Hogan, R., & Kaiser, R. (2008). Leadership, followership, and evolution: Some lessons from the past. American Psychologist, 63, 182-196. Download  Abstract: This article analyzes the topic of leadership from an evolutionary perspective and proposes three conclusions that are not part of mainstream theory. First, leading and following are strategies that evolved for solving...

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Evolution and the social psychology of leadership (2008)

Van Vugt, M., Johnson, D., Kaiser, R., & O'Gorman, R. (2008). Evolution and the social psychology of leadership: The mismatch hypothesis. In Hoyt, C., Goethals, G., & Forsyth, D. Leadership at the Crossroads, Volume 1 (Psychology of leadership): Chapter 16: 267-282.  Download Abstract: This chapter advances an evolutionary perspective on leadership, arguing that leadership consists...

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