Neuro-Based Leadership: A Brain-Minded Approach to Leading in the 21st Century

What many companies fail to understand is that success starts with people and that people at all levels – leaders in particular – struggle to cope with the challenges of the world we live and work in today.

On the one hand there’s the challenge of the external environment (constant, fast and exponential change; information overload; continuous uncertainty; increased complexity; etc.). On the other hand we also face a challenge in terms of our internal capacity as genetically the human brain has not changed much in 50 000 years, so our “cavemen”-brains are struggling to deal with the demands and challenges of the 21st Century workplace.

THE KEY PRINCIPLE THAT DRIVES MOST HUMAN BEHAVIOUR
Research in social neuroscience shows that the key driving principle of the human brain is “threats and rewards”. Our brains are constantly scanning the environment – both the physical environment (e.g. the workplace) and the social environment (the way people behave towards us) – for anything it might perceive as a threat or a reward. When a reward is detected, it triggers an automated neural response that drives us towards that perceived reward and ultimately also enables us to function at our best (e.g. improved creativity; better judgment; enhanced memory; effective decision-making; better communication; etc.).​

When a threat is detected the opposite happens and our ability to solve problems; communicate; evaluate situations; plan ahead; recall information and make decisions is severely impaired at a deep neurological level. When in this state, an individual’s ability to perform even simple routine actions – not to mention perform at their best – is disrupted as the brain frantically tries to work its way through the perceived threat (inter-personal or environmental).

From a neurological perspective, many of today’s workplaces had become extremely threatening environments as a result of autocratic leadership, increased demands, constantly changing goals and expectations, information overload, poor communication and the fear of punishment if a mistake is made. People are often in constant neurological fear-states where optimum performance is simply not possible.
​​CREATING BRAIN-FRIENDLY ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURES
Neuro-based leadership (neuroleadership) is an emerging field which integrates principles and insight from social neuroscience, leadership theory and organizational development to help organizations create brain-friendly working environments that optimizes performance, work satisfaction, productivity, engagement and ultimately, productivity. By applying the principles of neuro-based leadership, leaders enable their people to function at their best by considering and managing some of the neural processes that precedes behaviour.

So, how can leaders and managers best make use of this new insight, triggering more “reward-engage” neural responses and avoiding “threat-disengage” responses?  To start you can contact us for more information on this revolutionary, science-based, yet practical approach to effective leadership and culture transformation.

OUTCOMES OF BRAIN-MINDED LEADERSHIP
Applying the principles of neuro-based leadership enable leaders and managers to improve their capacity for...
  • performance-enhancing leadership;
  • effective decision making and problem solving;
  • creative thinking;
  • constructive collaboration;
  • fostering employee engagement and motivation;
  • facilitating change;
  • dealing with workplace diversity;
  • managing conflict; and 
  • managing personal stress and ability to deal with adversity.​
  

What We Offer in Neuroleadership

SLI embraces neuro-based leadership as the single greatest step forward in the history of leadership and organizational development and therefore incorporate principles of neuroleadership into ALL OUR COURSES (masterclasses and workshops), leadership development programs and consulting interventions. Our flagship and very exclusive "Lead with the Brain in Mind" program  runs over 10-months (10 modules) and equips leaders to apply neuroleadership in virtually every aspect of leadership. In addition we offer a selection of masterclasses, workshops and executive presentations on neuro-based leadership that will transform how you influence and lead people. Here's a selection of events spesifically focusing on the neuroscience of leadership...
Neuro-based Leadership Power Session
·​ DURATION: 3 Hours face-to-face interaction  ·​ MAX ATTENDEES: 35
   So you see the potential value of how applying neuro-based leadership can transform your company but some in your leadership team are still a little skeptical? This power session is exactly what you need to get them on board - in 3 hours or less we will introduce them to the basics of brain-based leadership and get them excited about what it could do for the team and company.
   This power session is designed as a brief but mind-expanding introduction to the neuroscience of leadership. To book a session or learn more please contact send us an email or give us a call!
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"He who influences the thought of his times, influences all the times that follow.
​He has made his impress on eternity
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- Hypatia (370-415 AD)