About Careers MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

It is the Amount of Experience That Makes One A Leader

by Bidita Debnath on November 9, 2015 at 12:00 AM
Font : A-A+

 It is the Amount of Experience That Makes One A Leader

A multi-disciplinary team of scientists finds that leadership is generally achieved as individuals gain experience -- in both humans and non-humans, despite what those ongoing US presidential primaries might lead one to think.

The experts from a wide range of disciplines examined patterns of leadership in a set of small-scale mammalian societies, including humans and other social mammals such as elephants and meerkats.

Advertisement


The experts reviewed the evidence for leadership in four domains -- movement, food acquisition, within-group conflict mediation, and between-group interactions -- to categorize patterns of leadership in five dimensions.

However, in some cases -- such as spotted hyenas and the Nootka, a Native Canadian tribe on the northwest coast of North America -- leadership is inherited rather than gained through experience, the study found.
Advertisement

"While previous work has typically started with the premise that leadership is somehow intrinsically different or more complex in humans than in other mammals, we started without a perceived notion about whether this should be the case," said Jennifer Smith from Mills College in Oakland, California.

In comparison to other mammal species, human leaders are not so powerful after all. Leadership amongst other mammalian species tends to be more concentrated, with leaders that wield more power over the group.

Smith said the similarities probably reflect shared cognitive mechanisms governing dominance and subordination, alliance formation, and decision-making as humans are mammals after all.

The differences may be explained in part by humans' tendency to take on more specialized roles within society. "Even in the least complex human societies, the scale of collective action is greater and presumably more critical for survival and reproduction than in most other mammalian societies," Smith said.

The study was published in the journal Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

Source: IANS
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Diet and Oral Health: The Sugary Connection May Become Sour
World AIDS Day 2022 - Equalize!
Test Your Knowledge on Sugar Intake and Oral Health
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) 

Most Popular on Medindia

Blood Pressure Calculator Accident and Trauma Care Calculate Ideal Weight for Infants Blood Donation - Recipients Drug Side Effects Calculator Daily Calorie Requirements Find a Hospital Selfie Addiction Calculator Indian Medical Journals The Essence of Yoga
This site uses cookies to deliver our services.By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use  Ok, Got it. Close
×

It is the Amount of Experience That Makes One A Leader Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests