Successful leadership largely depends on social dynamics between leaders and followers. We study questions such as the emergence of social influence and leadership in teams, the role of overconfidence in leadership selection, and the role of hierarchy in teams and organizations. We share an applied research strategy that crosses disciplinary boundaries and utilizes innovative methodologies, from biological markers, to personality assessment, implicit and explicit measures of attitudes, game theory, to behavioral processes and fine-grained social interaction analyses. Our combined skills allow us to unpack the complex patterns of social relationships and influence present in organizations. We offer organizational practitioners theoretical and practical insights into how they can maximize their employees’ potential.
Researchers: Fabiola Gerpott, Richard Ronay, Reinout de Vries, Mark van Vugt