The primary foundations of followership

Micha Popper, Omri Castelnovo

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    The phenomenon of followership has been increasingly discussed in recent years, and is analyzed mainly through psychological theories. In this article followership is discussed from an evolutionary perspective. The main argument is that the origins of followership are rooted in evolutionary foundations and its visible manifestations result from responses to signals sensed as associated with these primary foundations. Two kinds of signals are the “building blocks” of followership: (1) universal signals, indicating competence and care; (2) symbolic signals, representing group culture. The implications of the suggested approach for a theory of followership are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)348-358
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal for the Theory of Social Behaviour
    Issue number3
    StatePublished - 1 Sep 2019

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    • care
    • competence
    • evolution
    • followership
    • group mindedness
    • signals

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Social Psychology
    • Philosophy
    • Psychology (all)


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