Chapter 4

Social Contract—undermining the understanding

Evolutionary leadership theory argues that since humans live in groups, and since groups with leaders do better than groups without, leadership and followership were as critical to the survival of ancestral humans as they are to their contemporary counterparts.1 Certainly since time immemorial there has been between leaders and followers a social contract—in which the leader, whether despot or democrat, is generally expected to control the action, while followers are generally expected to go along. Sometimes, of course, this contract gets violated. Still, for all practical purposes, these have been the assumptions on which collective life has been organized—in groups and communities, in ...

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