Jessica Kennedy, from Vanderbilt University’s School of Management, is interviewed by Laura Geller in the Strategy + Business Thought Leadership column on how this applies to team leadership and management. And in a way I would not have expected.
Kennedy has researched the origin of unethical behavior, and why it takes hold. She has found that the whole story is more complex. It’s not always about power corrupting. Rather, power causes people to identify so strongly with their group that they lose sight of whether that group’s actions cross an ethical line. This identification can lead them to support misconduct, rather than stopping its spread.
A recent issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science has a fantastic article from our own Ed Salas and his colleagues that expounds on the needs of teams for extreme missions such as space exploration. For me, this was a dreamy combination of some of my favorite topics: teamwork, space, extreme cases, and ideation.
Researchers from a variety of disciplines are currently working with NASA to prepare for human exploration of Mars in the next decades. Such exploration will take scientific discovery to new heights, providing unprecedented information about the geology, atmosphere, and potential for life on Mars, including previous life, current life, and perhaps even our own lives in the future. To make these unparalleled discoveries, however, astronauts will need to undertake a novel and unprecedented journey. Moreover, the mission to Mars will require a team of crew members who will have to endure and sustain team performance requirements never seen before. Multidisciplinary teams of scientists have begun to provide the needed steps to address this challenge.
I think you will really enjoy today’s self-delusion topic. Not only is it very common, but knowing more about it can save you from some very embarrassing situations. What is this perilous misconception? The transparency illusion. You can read more about it in Heidi Grant Halvorson’s great new book No One Understands You And What To Do About It or a quick review of the book such as this one in The Atlantic.
Try though you might to come across in a certain way to others, people often perceive you in an altogether different way.