9-11 May 2018

thestudio, Manchester

The evolution, revolution and devolution of leadership

Session type:
Case Study

Session duration:
45 minutes

Presented by:

Louise Elliott


About this Case Study

What does human evolution teach us about how we should lead teams in the 21st century? This session takes a journey covering the last 2.5 million years in order to understand the influences that still affect us today. It asks questions such as “Why are 30% of Fortune 500 CEOs so tall?”. It also delves into the different strategies that chimpanzees use to become the alpha male and considers whether any of them are used in the human world.

After this session you will understand:

  • the leadership styles of chimpanzee alpha males
  • the unexpected influence that human evolution has on our choice of leaders
  • the impact of the industrial revolution on leadership in the modern world
  • the devolution of leadership and the importance of followers rather than leaders

About the Speaker

Louise is a software manager in the finance industry. She has worked in the software world for over 25 years as a developer, technical architect and manager. She has successfully introduced agile and lean to many companies and is a great believer in the benefits of self-organising teams.

Louise is as passionate about roller derby as she is about software quality. Her skate name is Ivana the Terror Bull, which explains her @IvanaTerrorBull Twitter handle, and also her enjoyment of bad puns.


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