Hidden Brain Podcast

Interview with Dacher Keltner

Key points:

  • Over time, people with more empathy tends to become leaders
  • People who manipulate or uses various types of power tactics may initially rise as leaders, but the tend to lose their position
  • Other people cherish people on the rise, but tend to become more critical when someone has achieved a leadership role
  • An individual who have become a leader tends to gradually lose empathy and be less respectful of others
  • These traits are observed in all human cultures including hunter-gatherers
  • A possible explanation of these tendencies is that a person not in power may use empathy to maneuver around social networks but tones down this trait when a position of power makes it less important

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