“…we revealed more similarities than previously appreciated between leadership in humans and non-humans.”
“While previous work has typically started with the premise that leadership is somehow intrinsically different or more complex in humans than in other mammals…we revealed more similarities than previously appreciated between leadership in humans and non-humans.”
….leadership is generally achieved as individuals gain experience, in both humans and non-humans.
In comparison to other mammal species, human leaders aren’t so powerful after all. Leadership amongst other mammalian species tends to be more concentrated, with leaders that wield more power over the group.
…the similarities probably reflect shared cognitive mechanisms governing dominance and subordination, alliance formation, and decision-making–humans are mammals after all. The differences may be explained in part by humans’ tendency to take on more specialized roles within society.
“Even in the least complex human societies, the scale of collective action is greater and presumably more critical for survival and reproduction than in most other mammalian societies,”