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Mark van Vugt

The author and academic Mark van Vugt discusses leadership, the research and science behind it, and his new book Selected: Why Some People Lead, Why Others Follow, and Why It Matters (Random House, 2011), with Joseph Planta.


Selected: Why Some People Lead, Why Others Follow, and Why It Matters by Mark van Vugt and Anjana Ahuja. (Random House Canada, 2011)

Click to buy this book from Amazon.ca: Selected [1]


Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver at THECOMMENTARY.CA.

The history and psychology of leadership is explained in a highly readable, highly recommended book, Selected: Why Some People Lead, Why Others Follow, and Why It Matters. One of its authors joins me now. Mark van Vugt, who joins me from Toronto now, co-wrote the book with Anjana Ahuja. What they’ve done here is take much scientific research, distilled it, added some fascinating anecdotes, and give us the reader, a great sweep through the last couple of million years to see who amongst us emerge as leaders, who are followers, and perhaps gives us a glimpse into where we’re headed. Mark van Vugt is a professor of psychology at the VU University of Amsterdam, and holds honorary positions at the universities of Oxford and Kent. His website for more is at www.professormarkvanvugt.com [2]. Selected is published by Random House. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Mark van Vugt; Good morning, Professor van Vugt.