Social Brain-Constructed Relational Leadership: A Neuroscience View of the Leader-Follower Duality

Dimitriadis, Nikolaos and Psychogios, Alexandros (2020) Social Brain-Constructed Relational Leadership: A Neuroscience View of the Leader-Follower Duality. Working Paper 1. Centre for Applied Finance and Economics, Birmingham City Business School. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

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 less
understood 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 of
applying cognitive style analysis to capture the duality of leader/follower in the same person, following the self-illusion theory.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Identification Number: 1
Date: 13 January 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Relational Leadership, Neuroscience, Leader-Follower, Consciousness, Cognitive styles
Subjects: N200 Management studies
N600 Human Resource Management
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Centre for Applied Finance and Economics
Depositing User: Alexandros Psychogios
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2020 11:37
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2020 12:31
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8721

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