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emergent leader

in the social psychology of groups, an individual who becomes the leader of an initially leaderless group gradually and implicitly, as the members allow that individual to assume the responsibilities of the leadership role, rather than by appointment or election. See also leadership emergence.

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injury feigning

injury feigning

behavior used by some birds to fool potential predators and lure them away from a nest. The bird pretends to have an injury (e.g., a broken wing) at some distance from the nest, thus distracting the attention of an approaching predator by presenting itself as easy prey.