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Title:Not all leaders are created equal: Strong leaders increase group cooperation
Author(s):Chen, Fan Xuan
Advisor(s):Cheng, Joey T
Department / Program:Psychology
Discipline:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.S.
Genre:Thesis
Subject(s):Cooperation
Dominance
Leadership
Followership
Competition
Prestige
Punishment
Dominant Leaders
Leadership Preference
Abstract:A growing body of evidence suggests that punishment effectively increases and sustains group cooperation. Yet, not all punishers are similarly effective. Here, we present evidence from a behavioral economic experiment that tests the effect of leader strength on follower cooperation. Results indicate that strong leaders with a more dominant reputation (acquired through their highly punitive history of behavior) significantly increase follower cooperation. This pattern emerged regardless of whether these strong leaders were (a) assigned to groups, (b) chosen by followers through bids, or (c) leading in times of intergroup competition. Altogether, these findings offer support to the notion that despite the greater costs they may inflict on followers, strong leaders are also able to bestow benefits on groups, which may explain why they are preferred in general and more intensely during times of dire need.
Issue Date:2019-07-16
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/105951
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Fan Xuan Chen
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-11-26
Date Deposited:2019-08


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