Leadership Lab meetings

About every two weeks we will have our Leadership Lab meetings. Guests are welcome, both to present ideas and to simply attend and listen. If you want to learn more or would like to attend, please contact Wendy de Waal-Andrews (dewaal.andrews@vu.nl).

Here are our most recent and upcoming meetings:

12.02.2019 MF-G502 at 12:00: Mark van Vugt
Title: Dual strategies theory: Two pathways to leadership in human evolution

25.02.2019 MF-J173 at 12:00: Joke van Saane & Annemarie Foppen
Title: Effective Religious Leadership: Can leader-characteristics predict the vitality of religious communities?
Religious leaders are considered to be of great importance within their religious communities. Due to a lack of empirical data concerning the characteristics and functioning of religious leaders, it is not yet possible to define and identify the factors predicting effective religious leadership. Nevertheless, two recent studies suggest personality to be a predictor of effective religious leadership as Christian leaders working in increasing ecclesial contexts (i.e. church plants) appear to differ from leaders working in decreasing ecclesial contexts (i.e. more traditional churches) with regard to personality characteristics (Foppen, Paas, and van Saane, 2017; 2018).
In this meeting, we want to present our current project on effective religious leadership that, in the wake of our previous pilot studies, aims to carry out a thorough, large-scale, quantitative research to investigate possible predictors of effective religious leadership.

11.03.2019 MF-A210 at 12:00: Richard Ronay (UvA)

25.03.2019 HG-1D08 at 12:00: Ard Barends

08.04.2019 MF-A210 at 12:00: Lara Engelbert

15.04.2019 MF-A228 at 12:00: Leander van der Meij (TuE)

06.05.2019 MF-J173 at 12:00: Gert-Jan Munneke (UvA)

20.05.2019 MF-G502 at 12:00: René van Woudenberg

03.06.2019 MF-A210 at 12:00: Jacek Buczny

07.01.2019 MF-A611 at 12:00: Jeroen van Baar (https://www.jeroenvanbaar.nl/).
Title: Diffusion of responsibility affects amends-making after harmful group decisions
Abstract: Many socially impactful decisions are made in groups. How does the group composition affect a decision-maker’s subjective responsibility for the decision outcome? And how does this affect amends-making if the decision outcome is harmful? We tackled these questions in an fMRI experiment using a novel social decision-making task. We found that subjective responsibility for a harmful group decision decreases as the group gets larger, with the exception of a case in which there was internal disagreement within the deciding group. We propose a modified version of Latané’s (1981) classic social impact model to account for these findings. In the brain, the left temporoparietal junction tracked own-responsibility-for-harm in line with our proposed model, and predicted subsequent amends-making behavior. These results provide a neural basis for the diffusion of responsibility in group decision-making, and suggest that disagreement within a group can lead to more responsible decision-making.

10.12.2018 MF-A505 at 12:00: Laura Math and Fabiola Gerpott will talk about their work on conceptualizing and measuring Kiss-Up-Kick-Down (KUKD) behaviors in organizations
During your career, you probably already have come across a leader who only treated those people well who might help them to get ahead in the organization, and at the same time this leader was not so nice toward people who were below him or her in the hierarchy. Yet, despite the widespread recognition of this phenomenon in the daily life of everyone who is working, this phenomenon is currently under-theorized. We formally define the behavioral configuration of abusing lower-level subordinates and flattering higher-level supervisors as “Kiss-Up-Kick-Down” (KUKD) leadership. In our talk, we elaborate on the theoretical foundation of this phenomenon and present work-in-progress on the development of a scale to measure KUKD behaviors in organisations.

12.11.2018 MF-D134 at 12:00: Jesus Apodaca Mascareno (https://www.rug.nl/staff/j.m.mascareno/), Kyriaki Fousiani, Fabiola Gerpott, Barbara Wisse and Eric Rietzschel will present work that they jointly did on the effects of ambidextrous leadership on innovation and the moderating role of need for structure.