How should leaders prepare for the future?
Nathanael Fast is a behavioral scientist who studies the psychological underpinnings of power and influence in organizations and society. His work examines the determinants and consequences of hierarchy, the psychology of social networks, and how new and emerging technologies are shaping the future of work and humanity. He directs the Hierarchy, Networks, and Technology Lab (HiNT Lab) at USC and is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Psychology of Technology Institute. He serves on the editorial boards for Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Fast has received numerous awards for his teaching and research, including the Golden Apple Teaching Award and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research at USC, as well as past selection by Poets and Quants as one of the "World's 40 Best Business School Professors Under the Age of 40."
Research published in PSPB with Kim Rios and Deb Gruenfeld shows that people with a high need to belong respond to positions of power with submissiveness and a desire to reduce social distance. This could reduce effectiveness among leaders.