Social Brain-Constructed Relational Leadership:A Neuroscience View of the Leader-Follower Duality
Nikolaos Dimitriadis and
No 1, CAFE Working Papers from Centre for Applied Finance and Economics (CAFE), Birmingham City Business School, Birmingham City University
Relationship-based approaches to leadership represent one of the most fast growing leadership fields that emphasize the interaction between the leader and the follower. The critical question though is the way that leadership actors (leaders and followers) are linked to each other and in particular how they try to understand how to do that in the workplace. Also, what is even lessunderstood is the role of consciousness in this relationship. In this respect, this conceptual paper explores consciousness within the context of the social brain theory to argue that leadership actors need to revise their approach to individuality and focus on mutually dependent relations. We introduce the concept of Homo Relationalis arguing that leadership is not just social constructed element, but also social brain constructed phenomenon. We finally recommend a new approach ofapplying cognitive style analysis to capture the duality of leader/follower in the same person, following the self-illusion theory.
Keywords: Relational Leadership; Neuroscience; Leader-Follower; Consciousness; Cognitive styles (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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