Dominance vs Leadership

Gregory Caremans - Brain Academy
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Dominance and leadership, isn't that the same? No, not quite. Find it out in this lecture

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03:07:13 of on-demand video • Updated April 2021

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English [Auto] Now this is one of my all time favorite topics. Leadership versus dominance. We've seen how the Olympic is responsible for regulating the social position within groups. This has led to some individuals receiving privileges over others. On-Topic says food and reproductive Plotinus Now look at these magnificent animals what a formidable leaders they are. Well not quite. Actually when we take a closer look at the animal kingdom we see how these power relations of dominance and submissiveness are not synonym of leadership with elephants. The herd is led by an older female with guys who grew from one water hole to another. She's the living memory of the group and the others trust and respect her. The males live a solitary life and will join the group for reproduction only. The same is true with this one older female leads the herd from one green pasture to another. The males again or solitary beings who will only temporarily claim a herd for reproductive purposes during the rooting season after which they disappear again. Now what about lions. They live a family life with a dominant male so you would expect the male to be the one in charge right. No. Wrong again even though it is true the dominant male will stay with the pride at all times until he gets evicted by another that is he is by no means the leader of the pride. Hunting is done by the females as the weight of the males make them too slow to be very efficient. It is a mature experienced female who leads the hunting guiding the younger animals towards success. If by misfortune the leading female gets hurt it may have dramatic consequences on the pride. Another female will have to quickly rise to the occasion. Failing to do so could mean starvation for all members of the pride and this huge responsibility is NOT I repeat not given to the dominant male even though he gets to eat first after Aqeel. So what about humans. Isn't it mind blowing that animals are wise enough to make the decision not to trust the dominant ones and prefer experienced respected leaders. And we humans failed to do so. Think about it from an early age. Some children just use others to get what they want. Being through bossing around or seducing others. Children and adults alike they often behave like small tyrants who can become quite aggressive when they don't get what they want. We can observe that same behavior in adults sometimes very subtle and other times just flagrant. This pallial limbic behavior unfortunately gets often rewarded as we tend to avoid conflict and confrontation. Thus we let them have their way. This is exactly why authoritarian dominant aggressive pallial Olympic managers end up in key positions in organizations as they move up in hierarchy. They ruthlessly play the game of internal politics to discredit potential contenders and they usually get away with it. Their objective is not to improve the company as a whole but to get personal privileges through social status power and higher income. They behave not differently than the male lion who comes for his chair after Gill. They are only interested in their own position and they will defend their territory as if their lives depended on it. However this is not leadership. This is dominance you want find a deer nor elephant dolphin lion pride wolf buffalo wild beast zebra or a giraffe to follow a dominant male. These animals follow other individuals based on their new limbic traits and skills. They trust them because they have shown they are capable and do care about a group not because they're afraid they will get sacked or won't get their promotion or because they are being forced in one way or another. Leadership is a very nice Olympic activity. It's primarily linked to the strategics personality in combination with the innovator vision to competitive fighting spirit or the administrator for organization. There are higher goals involved and its purpose is to elevate the others. Dominance is a pure pallial limbic trait where the other's only purpose is to serve the dominance interests others get pushed down. So the dominant one can rise. Now look at the world we live in. Where do you see leadership and where do you see dominance. Look around you. How would you describe your boss. Or even better look at yourself. Can you identify moments where you use dominance in order to get what you want. Don't forget dominance is also about manipulation and seduction. I guess whenever we ask someone to do something the true question should be who will benefit the most from this. Depending on the answer you will know if you're facing leadership or dominance.