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    • Rewire your brain Neuroleadership applies the findings of neuroscience to the art of leadership. TEXT: AMANDA THURMAN, ILLUSTRATION: SANTTU MUSTONENmagazine 1/2012magazine 2/2011
    • A growing body of researchindicates that understanding what is happening in our brains can actually improve our leadership skills.
    • Neuroleadership – a term coined byAustralian author and leadershipconsultant Dr. David Rock and JeffreySchwartz, research psychiatristat UCLA – applies the findings ofleadership to the art of leadership.
    • Courses on neuroleadership are already beingtaught in leading universities and business schools.Also, companies such as Cargill, an internationalproducer and marketer of agricultural products,and AIG, an American multinational insurancecorporation, are putting it into practice in theirmanagement training.
    • • The real link between neuroscience and leadership is attention. Rewire your brainNeuroleadership according toJeffrey Schwartz,research psychiatrist at UCLA
    • • The real link between neuroscience and leadership is attention. • Focusing the mind on identifying and creating new leadership behavior, rather than continuing with the Rewire same old habits, can actually create chemical and physical changes in your brain. your brainNeuroleadership according toJeffrey Schwartz,research psychiatrist at UCLA
    • • The real link between neuroscience and leadership is attention. • Focusing the mind on identifying and creating new leadership behavior, rather than continuing with the Rewire same old habits, can actually create chemical and physical changes in your brain. your • The more time you spend on a specific activity, brain the stronger the neural pathways responsible for executing that activity become. Taxi drivers, for example, have a much larger posterior hippocampus than average, as this is the part of the brain devoted to the spatial representation of surroundings.Neuroleadership according toJeffrey Schwartz,research psychiatrist at UCLA
    • • The real link between neuroscience and leadership is attention. • Focusing the mind on identifying and creating new leadership behavior, rather than continuing with the Rewire same old habits, can actually create chemical and physical changes in your brain. your • The more time you spend on a specific activity, brain the stronger the neural pathways responsible for executing that activity become. Taxi drivers, for example, have a much larger posterior hippocampus than average, as this is the part of the brain devoted to the spatial representation of surroundings. • When you are not used to an activity, it is very energy-intensive to carry it out. Any new task will use your brain’s working memory – the prefrontal cortex – to process the new information and compare it to information already stored. Once youNeuroleadership according toJeffrey Schwartz, have mastered the activity, the process is dealt withresearch psychiatrist at UCLA in the basal ganglia, where you do not really need to consciously think about it and you find it less tiring to handle.
    • • A lot of what leaders do in their day-to-day work lives is governed by the basal ganglia – they have the experience to make leadership routine. The downside of this is that changing their activities Rewire leads to discomfort and mental exhaustion, because it requires the use of the prefrontal cortex again. your brainNeuroleadership according toJeffrey Schwartz,research psychiatrist at UCLA
    • • A lot of what leaders do in their day-to-day work lives is governed by the basal ganglia – they have the experience to make leadership routine. The downside of this is that changing their activities Rewire leads to discomfort and mental exhaustion, because it requires the use of the prefrontal cortex again. your • The result? An avoidance of change, even if it is for brain the better.Neuroleadership according toJeffrey Schwartz,research psychiatrist at UCLA
    • • A lot of what leaders do in their day-to-day work lives is governed by the basal ganglia – they have the experience to make leadership routine. The downside of this is that changing their activities Rewire leads to discomfort and mental exhaustion, because it requires the use of the prefrontal cortex again. your • The result? An avoidance of change, even if it is for brain the better. • When bad management techniques and cognitive errors become habits, they become wired into the brains of leaders and into the organizational structure of how decisions are made.Neuroleadership according toJeffrey Schwartz,research psychiatrist at UCLA
    • • A lot of what leaders do in their day-to-day work lives is governed by the basal ganglia – they have the experience to make leadership routine. The downside of this is that changing their activities Rewire leads to discomfort and mental exhaustion, because it requires the use of the prefrontal cortex again. your • The result? An avoidance of change, even if it is for brain the better. • When bad management techniques and cognitive errors become habits, they become wired into the brains of leaders and into the organizational structure of how decisions are made. • To help with this, practice mindful awareness and pay attention to attention.Neuroleadership according toJeffrey Schwartz,research psychiatrist at UCLA
    • • Brains scans, such as EEG and fMRIs machines, can be used to study executives’ brains to find patterns toRewire use to develop training. yourbrainNeuroleadership according toPierre Balthazard,associate professor and theprincipal investigator of TheNeuroscience of LeadershipProject at Arizona StateUniversity
    • • Brains scans, such as EEG and fMRIs machines, can be used to study executives’ brains to find patterns toRewire use to develop training. • This data can then be analyzed and translated into your leadership development protocols.brainNeuroleadership according toPierre Balthazard,associate professor and theprincipal investigator of TheNeuroscience of LeadershipProject at Arizona StateUniversity
    • • Brains scans, such as EEG and fMRIs machines, can be used to study executives’ brains to find patterns toRewire use to develop training. • This data can then be analyzed and translated into your leadership development protocols.brain • Data from the brain scans can be correlated with, for example, the results of a leadership questionnaire given to the subordinates of those scanned. The most outstanding leaders have a visionary impact on both their workers and their organizations, and it is these leaders that the study wants to find ways to emulate.Neuroleadership according toPierre Balthazard,associate professor and theprincipal investigator of TheNeuroscience of LeadershipProject at Arizona StateUniversity
    • • Brains scans, such as EEG and fMRIs machines, can be used to study executives’ brains to find patterns toRewire use to develop training. • This data can then be analyzed and translated into your leadership development protocols.brain • Data from the brain scans can be correlated with, for example, the results of a leadership questionnaire given to the subordinates of those scanned. The most outstanding leaders have a visionary impact on both their workers and their organizations, and it is these leaders that the study wants to find ways to emulate. • There is a neural signature of leadership – a pattern of neural activity – which means that a norm canNeuroleadership according to be derived. Once there is enough data to see what aPierre Balthazard, normal leadership pattern is, neurotherapies – notassociate professor and theprincipal investigator of TheNeuroscience of Leadership unlike clinical therapies for attention deficit disorderProject at Arizona State or stress – can be developed.University
    • • The ultimate goal is to assess leadership potential using neuroscience technology and then useRewire neurofeedback to develop the neurological connections associated with effective leadership your behaviors.brainNeuroleadership according toPierre Balthazard,associate professor and theprincipal investigator of TheNeuroscience of LeadershipProject at Arizona StateUniversity
    • • The ultimate goal is to assess leadership potential using neuroscience technology and then useRewire neurofeedback to develop the neurological connections associated with effective leadership your behaviors.brain • Biologically speaking, leaders’ brains are not that different from those of normal workers. Leaders are no smarter than average people. What they do have are neural pathway patterns that provide them with capacities to deal with people and problems with empathy and ease and that can be developed and improved.Neuroleadership according toPierre Balthazard,associate professor and theprincipal investigator of TheNeuroscience of LeadershipProject at Arizona StateUniversity
    • • The ultimate goal is to assess leadership potential using neuroscience technology and then useRewire neurofeedback to develop the neurological connections associated with effective leadership your behaviors.brain • Biologically speaking, leaders’ brains are not that different from those of normal workers. Leaders are no smarter than average people. What they do have are neural pathway patterns that provide them with capacities to deal with people and problems with empathy and ease and that can be developed and improved. • Valid neural approaches to develop leadership willNeuroleadership according to become commercially viable products in the not tooPierre Balthazard, distant future.associate professor and theprincipal investigator of TheNeuroscience of LeadershipProject at Arizona StateUniversity
    • • The main goal of the DYMIRYM project is to provide leaders with information about themselves that they would not be able to acquire any other way. This information will then be used for potential Rewire development. your brainNeuroleadership according toChristina Krause,professor of cognitive scienceat the University of Helsinki’sInstitute of Behavioral Sciencesand leader of the “Do you mind ifI read your mind” (DYMIRYM)project, which aims to useneuroscience to help enhanceleadership training anddevelopment
    • • The main goal of the DYMIRYM project is to provide leaders with information about themselves that they would not be able to acquire any other way. This information will then be used for potential Rewire development. • The project will look at how the crucial aspects of leadership can be observed in human brains – both your brain in how the brain activates in response to leadership thoughts and actions and how the actual brain structure may differ.Neuroleadership according toChristina Krause,professor of cognitive scienceat the University of Helsinki’sInstitute of Behavioral Sciencesand leader of the “Do you mind ifI read your mind” (DYMIRYM)project, which aims to useneuroscience to help enhanceleadership training anddevelopment
    • • The main goal of the DYMIRYM project is to provide leaders with information about themselves that they would not be able to acquire any other way. This information will then be used for potential Rewire development. • The project will look at how the crucial aspects of leadership can be observed in human brains – both your brain in how the brain activates in response to leadership thoughts and actions and how the actual brain structure may differ. • The neuroscience project will help leaders by showing how their brains react to situationsNeuroleadership according toChristina Krause, typically encountered in leadership roles.professor of cognitive scienceat the University of Helsinki’sInstitute of Behavioral Sciencesand leader of the “Do you mind ifI read your mind” (DYMIRYM)project, which aims to useneuroscience to help enhanceleadership training anddevelopment
    • • The main goal of the DYMIRYM project is to provide leaders with information about themselves that they would not be able to acquire any other way. This information will then be used for potential Rewire development. • The project will look at how the crucial aspects of your leadership can be observed in human brains – both brain in how the brain activates in response to leadership thoughts and actions and how the actual brain structure may differ. • The neuroscience project will help leaders by showing how their brains react to situationsNeuroleadership according toChristina Krause, typically encountered in leadership roles.professor of cognitive science • The findings from the DYMIRYM project will giveat the University of Helsinki’sInstitute of Behavioral Sciences leaders insights into their level of pressure toleranceand leader of the “Do you mind if – will they crack, overreact or behave normally inI read your mind” (DYMIRYM)project, which aims to use high-stress situations – using psycho-physiologicalneuroscience to help enhance and behavioral techniques.leadership training anddevelopment
    • • Neuroscience is becoming an important innovator in business education. Rewire your brainNeuroleadership according toLeena Huotari,director of the Aalto LeadershipLab® at the Aalto UniversityExecutive Education, which ispartially funding the DYMIRYMproject
    • • Neuroscience is becoming an important innovator in business education. • Neuroscience will provide more facts to explain human behavior which still is seen as a soft, Rewire unreasoned, even irrational area of business. your brainNeuroleadership according toLeena Huotari,director of the Aalto LeadershipLab® at the Aalto UniversityExecutive Education, which ispartially funding the DYMIRYMproject
    • • Neuroscience is becoming an important innovator in business education. • Neuroscience will provide more facts to explain human behavior which still is seen as a soft, Rewire unreasoned, even irrational area of business. • It will give information that will help us to become your brain more conscious of our reactions and behavior and help us to change them to more fruitful ones.Neuroleadership according toLeena Huotari,director of the Aalto LeadershipLab® at the Aalto UniversityExecutive Education, which ispartially funding the DYMIRYMproject
    • So, it seems that if we want to be betterRewire leaders yourbrain of more efficient organizations, the future of neuroscience is something we should all be paying attention to.
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