International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

Transformational leadership: Interpersonal Motivational Systems and enhanced cooperation in Internat

Mauro Galluccio, EANAM

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: EANAM
Research Area: Political decision making

This paper takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the leadership and interpersonal negotiation as the main mechanism for managing and transforming conflicts. The cognitive focus will be on the meaning and value of emotions in their intrinsic inter-subjectivity, which brings us to study and research the physiology of the interpersonal motivational systems (IMSs). They are human beings’ neuropsychological regulatory systems which deeper understanding will shed additional light on interpersonal dynamics even in negotiation processes. IMSs take form (in a certain sense, they exist) only in social interactions. Each motivational system express itself through specific emotions sequences, which appear in function of the various and changing environmental contingencies, favourable or not to reaching the objective, and in which the system itself operates. It is important to point out that the activity rules of each one of these systems coincide, for each individual, with the expression of the same system (competition, sexuality, cooperation) or of a complementary system (attachment-caregiving) in at least another individual, with the first interacting. Our far-reaching training proposal for aware and transformative leaders and politicians, which goes at the heart of policy-making, is based on the awareness that the political and psychological process of transforming the conflict consists also of accompanying measures and techniques able to increase cognitive and emotional resources of parties; to challenge cognitive-behavior abilities and enhance modification; to pave reconciliation path; and to be able to monitor peace processes.