For most of history the factors contributing to the development of leadership talent remained unclear. Recent advances in technology, however, have allowed researchers insight into the neurobiological underpinnings of leadership. New research suggests that certain brain structures are heavily involved in skills necessary for leadership and that a handful of neurochemicals play a powerful role in how and whether leadership is expressed.


Currently, there is a lack of consensus about what leadership actually is. For example, cooperative leaders may lead by encouraging others to override self-interest in favor of group concerns. Other types of leaders, however, use social dominance to cement leadership status. Highly dominant leaders may be unpleasant, ambitious, and aggressive individuals who rule by force. This type of leadership is often seen in animal ...

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