Nigel Nicholson – Adaptive and unadaptive leadership: an evolutionary perspective

Speaker: Prof. Nigel Nicholson (London Business School)

Title: Adaptive and unadaptive leadership: an evolutionary perspective

Where: UCL, Drayton House B05 (30 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AX)

When: 20th February 2017, 18:00


Leadership serves the need for coordination and direction in social groups of many species, and for humans it has special properties and significance. We notice when it fails more than when it succeeds, and it has been heavily and largely poorly theorised in the business literature. We shall discuss why this is and how an evolutionary perspective can help us understand the preconditions, from a practical and theoretical standpoint, for its success and failure as an adaptive instrument for groups and institutions.