Exploring the Biological Foundations of Leadership Perceptions

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The majority of studies developed to investigate leadership perceptions within the field of Implicit Leadership Theories have approached the phenomenon from a socio-psychological perspective. There are far fewer studies attempting to explore biological individual differences regarding our perceptions of leadership. Yet, we do know that individual differences in accepting leadership behaviour do exist. Hence, the question arises whether there are any specific biological factors that also govern these differences. Based on a number of studies there are four hormones and neurotransmitters that influence leadership, motivation, creativity (such as dopamine, serotonin, testosterone and estrogen/oxytocin). Therefore, this project seeks to explore the relationship between these hormones and neurotransmitters with leadership perception and leadership behaviour.

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Duration: 36 Months

Deadline to Apply: 31 October 2019

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