Brain Research Can Help You Be a Better Leader

Beyond what you can observe, powerful and primal brain functions are continuously influencing the behavior of those you lead.

In 1996, American neuroscientist Michael Gershon coined the great term “second brain” based on decades of his research to describe the influence of a neural network in the gut that communicated with the brain. Andrew Armour discovered a system in the heart acting similarly. These three “brains” work both independently and together to help us make beneficial decisions.

When we’re in supportive, nurturing environments, we grow and adapt to change more quickly and much more efficiently. Brain science suggests the most efficient actions leaders can take to engage employees and increase their professional development is to reduce their perceived threats and to help them come to insights and conclusions on their own.

6 Keys To Unlock Leadership Potential

  1. People are their own worst critics unless they are threatened by criticism. Instead of giving feedback, encourage employees to give feedback and ask questions of themselves.
  2. Create clear expectations. Communicate with your team. Make them feel confident. Establish and revisit goals frequently to help keep people focused.
  3. Give your employees the opportunity to make their own decisions and control their work when possible.
  4. Cultivate authentic relationships. People will be more likely to respond positively to you when you do.
  5. Create an open environment. Include everyone to create a cohesive that can concentrate on performance.
  6. Treat employees fairly. Be transparent. And increase overall workplace transparency wherever you can. Immediately address those situations where you will have to treat people differently, or when employees may perceive unfairness.
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