NEUROLEADERSHIP

– Neuroscientific research applied to Leadership –

The neuroimaging of the late twentieth century and its rapid technological advancement has allowed scientists to confirm ideas about brain function that were mere speculations. For example, it was once believed that the brain was fixed and immovable once it reached adulthood. Now we know that this is simply not true and that there is something known as neuroplasticity. In other words, our brain changes and is adaptable like plastic. Many of the structures of the brain change with experience, even in adulthood. And furthermore, as Siegel says (2007): “the mind uses the brain to create itself.” We know that what we think can modify the brain we use to think. Therefore, leaders or coaching clients can learn to think in ways that modify their own ability to think, feel and act.

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With this new vision comes the understanding of how the brain works, its anatomy and its physiology applied to Leadership. NeuroLeadership attempts to understand the neural basis of leadership performance and investigates the various brain processes involved in the development or enhancement of competencies: rational and intuitive decision making, intelligence, emotional intelligence, individual and organizational learning, emotional management, focused attention, creativity, stress management, metacognition and motivation. We believe that all these competences are key for managers and leaders, who are responsible for making decisions every day.

Being able to think about how we think allows us to train our minds to change our brains. In an organizational context, a leader’s mood can have a very powerful effect on their team. In Executive Coaching we help leaders to be aware of this and to be able to choose the emotional tone they want within the organization.