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Why your brain is programmed to love (or hate) your boss

Most of us have had great bosses and . . . not-so-great bosses. While you might think your assessment of your manager is strictly based on personality, there’s actually a great deal of science behind the relationship.

“Organizations—like our employers—force us to have social contracts with people we normally wouldn’t perhaps choose to have relationships with, such as our boss, peers, or direct reports,” says Sherri Malouf, author of Science and the Leader-Follower Relationship. “Some of those relationships will be good, and some will not. Understanding the science helps us understand the dynamics.”

While getting her PhD, Malouf analyzed the intricacies of the leader-follower relationship to find out why some succeed while others fail.

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