Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs


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La Follette Seminar Series

Wednesday, December 06, 2017, 12:30PM - 1:30PM
Location:  Room 1199 Nancy Nicholas Hall

Naysaying and Negativity Promote Initial Power Establishment and Leadership Endorsement
Eileen Chou, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, University of Virginia, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Conventional wisdom holds that leaders should behave in a supportive and positive manner. Yet, the past decade has seen a rise in naysayers ascending to power.

Eileen Chou, a social psychologist at the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, will share her research investigating the possibility that while we may want our leaders to be cheerleaders, we instead empower naysayers.

Chou holds a doctorate in management and organization from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

On Thursday, December 7, Chou will give the final presentation in the fall semester’s Behavioral Insights for Government (BIG) series. What’s in a Name: The Psychological and Behavioral Effects of E-Signatures on Individual Decision-Making begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Madison Public Library, 201 West Mifflin Street (third floor).

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