Why is human judgement so bad at picking good political leaders?
August 30, 2011 1:41 PM Subscribe
Why is human judgement so poor at picking good political leaders?
posted by jacobean to society & culture (44 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Why is it that in most democratic countries people seem to be plain crummy when it comes to picking good political leaders.
The electorate of most western democratic countries seems to have a bias towards leaders that are charismatic, good looking, have the ability to talk optimistically and seem sincere about relevant issues. Leadership candidates that exude these characteristics seem to have a much higher chance of attaining power than those that don't.
Of course, there have been great leaders throughout history that have exuded these characteristics and turned out to be great leaders but there seems to be a an even greater number of charismatic leaders whom have been unremarkable.
It there something innate in humans being that gives us this bias?
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