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Brain Power: How it impacts performance in effective leadership

While researching for some potential development opportunities for one of my clients, I came across this video.  The discussion between Daniel Goleman (author of Emotional Intelligence) and Daniel Siegel (clinical psychiatrist at UCLA) focuses on why it is important for leaders to understand the science of how our brains work.

We all know and recognise that leadership is both an art and a science, but few of us spend the time in understanding how the science works.  A leader is responsible for piloting the company to success and as such must create an environment that promotes collaboration, camaraderie and a strong desire to succeed.

Leaders must inspire and empower their employees and support their ongoing development and commitment and need to understand their own mindset to ensure they are able to deliver on these expectations.  In fact, I believe that the mindset of the leader and all within the organisation are key factors in the development of a positive culture and behaviours within an organisation.

Understanding how your brain works is a crucial skill for all leaders and gives you a new perspective on how your behaviours, actions and words can lead to greater efficacy within the organisation.

I would even go on to say that understanding the neuroscience of adult learning and feedback are key to being a great leader as it will give you a better awareness of why your employees make the decisions they do and how you can better harness their energies and support their success.

About the Author: Noel Reid

Noel Reid
Noel has over 30 years’ experience as an operational leader and trainer in the government, not for profit and commercial sectors. His service in the military helped shape his early leadership career and he has been able to transfer these lessons and skills to the business environment. He is a sought after executive coach who has assisted the development of senior executives in all sectors and industries. An experienced facilitator who has delivered high value training programs around the world, Noel is able to engage with the audience to maximise the learning outcomes. He holds an MBA (Leadership & Communication), an Associate Diploma of Human & Physical Resource Management, a Diploma of Training Design and Development and a Diploma of Vocational Education and Training.

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