Great Opportunity: Some Evidence

A great deal of evidence indicates that leadership has more to do with designing the environment than personality. In this section, we cite a few of the most compelling examples. (Just a warning: Not all of the examples are what may be called “benevolent” leadership. In fact, a lot can be learned about leadership in cases where people seem to work against self-interest and collective well-being.)

Obedience to Authority

Do you think you would follow the direction of a leader even if it meant hurting or possibly killing someone? Most people say that they, personally, would never succumb to this. However, they fail to account for the powerful forces present in many situations that influence their behavior.

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