When it comes to leadership, we're quite picky on who we let govern us.
- Research suggests that human beings are equipped for, and even prefer, a kind of mild hierarchy.
- However, there is a certain alchemy behind successful leaders. For instance, we don't want leaders that are too powerful or too autocratic or are too able to impose punishment on ourselves.
- The best leaders foster connections, friendships, and cooperation among their subordinates.
About The Author
Nicholas A. Christakis is a physician, sociologist, and director of the Human Nature Lab at Yale University, where he is the Sterling Professor of Social and Natural Science. His most recent book is Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society. Follow him on Twitter @NAChristakis