The facial displays of leaders

Carl Senior* (Editor)

*Corresponding author for this work

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This book provides a multifaceted analysis of how the human face drives many of our most important social behaviors. People perceive the identities, genders, and attractiveness of others from the many different faces they see every day. There has been great deal of research on the psychology, neuropsychology and neuroscience of how these perceptions are formed. However the facial displays of leadership, with their almost ubiquitous role in our social lives, remain largely unexplored. Carl Senior argues that perhaps now more than ever, it is crucial to understand how facial displays communicate leadership abilities. This book brings together perspectives from a range of international experts across a variety of fields including social psychology, organisational sciences and the study of primates, with the aim to further our understanding of this fundamental social force. Scholars and professionals, as well as anyone interested in learning more about how the face is used to drive our perception of leadership, will find this book of great interest.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages177
ISBN (Electronic)9783319945354
ISBN (Print)9783319945347
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • American presidential debate
  • Broadcasting strategy
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Facial displays
  • Facial expressions of affect
  • Facial morphology
  • Gender and leadership
  • Honest signals
  • Leader-follower relationship
  • Leadership theory
  • Perception of facial cues
  • Primate behaviours
  • Social cognitive neuroscience
  • Sociobiology
  • Status cue theory
  • The bill clinton effect


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