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The Facial Displays of Leaders

  • Carl Senior
  • Discusses how facial displays affect perceptions of leadership ability

  • Attempts to identify ‘honest signals’ - physiological indicators that identify links to effective leadership that may have an adaptive value

  • Explores the means by which our biology interacts with our social behaviour

Palgrave Macmillan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Patrick A. Stewart, Elena Svetieva, Austin Eubanks, Jason M. Miller
    Pages 51-72
  3. Rachel M. Petersen, Constance Dubuc, James P. Higham
    Pages 123-143
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 171-177

About this book


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.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Carl Senior
    • 1
  1. 1.Aston UniversityBirminghamUK

About the editors

Carl Senior joined Aston University, UK in 2004 as Reader in Psychology after holding a visiting fellowship in Behavioural Sciences at the National Institutes of Health, USA. He is a Visiting Professor to the University of Gibraltar and was elected a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 2015.

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