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The Ability to Bond

The ability to bond is an important adaptability strategy in evolution because it builds resilience.

Whenever the framework conditions that an entity encounters are more complex than it is used to handling, and threaten its internal stability and external equilibrium, then the ability to bond with other compatible entities for the purpose of mutual survival in a group structure with a shared “identity” becomes very important.

Successful bonding maximizes the amount of energy that is available to the bonded entities for responding to external challenges, and at the same time minimizes the amount of energy that is required for maintaining internal stability.

Bonding can be a strategy for both maintaining (surviving), and enhancing (thriving) external equilibrium. For human beings, strong bonds require a high degree of trust.  

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Chapter 4: Implications for Leadership Development