Leadership

The Leading Edge

What distinguishes effective leaders from weak ones? That question has spurred a bevy of psychological research on leaders themselves, as well as the people who follow them.

  • Women leaders who show dominance may face backlash -- but data suggest that implicit forms of dominance, such as body language or facial expressions, may not harm women’s status. More

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    Leading While Female: Prepare for Backlash

    Women leaders who show dominance may face backlash -- but data suggest that implicit forms of dominance, such as body language or facial expressions, may not harm women’s status. More

  • Asking for help can improve decision-making, but also prompt others to question your competence, especially if you're a man. More

    The Leadership Style That Can Make Men Look Inferior

    Asking for help can improve decision-making, but also prompt others to question your competence, especially if you're a man. More

  • An emerging body of research on face perception suggests that getting to the top of the corporate ladder may depend, at least in part, on the structure of a person’s face. More

    Faces of Leadership

    Looking Leadership in the Face

    An emerging body of research on face perception suggests that getting to the top of the corporate ladder may depend, at least in part, on the structure of a person’s face. More

  • Experiments show that people who display the powerful, confident body language associated with leadership tend to dominate decision making—even when their ideas were entirely incorrect. More

    When Looking Like a Leader Derails the Group

    Experiments show that people who display the powerful, confident body language associated with leadership tend to dominate decision making—even when their ideas were entirely incorrect. More

  • Introverted people don’t expect to enjoy being in charge — but research suggests these predictions are often wrong. More

    Why Introverts Shy Away From Leadership

    Introverted people don’t expect to enjoy being in charge — but research suggests these predictions are often wrong. More

  • While black men and white women are often jeered for being assertive and aggressive leaders, black women are expected to adopt dominant leadership styles usually associated with white men. More

    Black Women Leaders Approved for Assertiveness in the Workplace

    While black men and white women are often jeered for being assertive and aggressive leaders, black women are expected to adopt dominant leadership styles usually associated with white men. More

  • Research suggests that reminding leaders of their own mortality may be one way to encourage them to make better, or at least less selfish, decisions. More

    Fear of Death Prompts Leaders to Look Towards the Future

    Research suggests that reminding leaders of their own mortality may be one way to encourage them to make better, or at least less selfish, decisions. More

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