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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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The new psychology of leadership: Why and how leaders need to care about group identity

by CIFAR
Sep 19 / 13
Effective leadership is typically explained to be derived from the personal qualities of leaders that set them apart from others — as superior, special, different.

In contrast to this view, The New Psychology of Leadership argues that effective leadership is grounded in leaders’ capacity to embody and advance a group identity that they share with others. This perspective encourages us to see leadership as a group process that centres on leaders working with group members to create, advance, represent and embed a shared sense of "us" that is capable of motivating and directing their followership. This talk presents evidence of these processes in action, and spells out implications for all-important questions of theory and practice related to a range of key topics in contemporary society.

A presentation by CIFAR Senior Fellow Alexander Haslam (University of Queensland) at the Building Better Lives & Communities symposium on Sept. 19, 2013.