Section: Emergence of leadership (DFG project)

When groups work together, you often observe someone taking the lead, although there is no predefined leader role. Research on “emergence of leadership” seeks to identify the factors that determine who will become a leader in a group. Past research focused mostly on the emergent leader while neglecting whether his leadership attempt was successful, i.e. he was actually followed by the other group members. This research area aims at investigating factors which are predictive of leadership emergence on the one hand and followership on the other hand. In our studies, we assess a broad range of predictors, including inter-individual differences as well as behavioral styles.

This project is part of the Research Training Group 2070 Understanding Social Relationships collaborating with the German Primate Center.