Neuroscience for Leadership Harnessing the Brain Gain Advantage

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2015-02-25
  • Publisher: Springer

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Leadership can be learned: new evidence from neuroscience clearly points to ways that leaders can significantly improve how they engage with and motivate others, allowing them and their organizations to continue discovering their potential. This book provides leaders and managers with a guide to practical, effective actions, based on neuroscience, explained in an accessible way.

It focuses on the competencies and capabilities that leaders and managers need, to think creatively, take good decisions, improve their performance and resilience, deal with complexity, incentivize, and innovate, rather than focusing on brain regions or even functional pathways within the brain. This book comes from three authors who combine knowledge and experience in applied neuroscience, psychiatry, organizational psychology, learning and leadership coaching at a world class level.

Author Biography

Tara is Visiting Senior Lecturer at MIT and the only leadership coach with a PhD in neuroscience and a successful career as medical doctor behind her. This unique combination of experience comes together to create an uncompromising and holistic impact on performance optimisation in businesses in the UK and USA. Tara is passionate about disseminating simple, pragmatic neuroscience-based messages that change the way people work and sustainably translate to tangible financial improvement in the business.Neuroscience consulting includes individual brain-based coaching at CE level, team development workshops, in-house talks, conference key-notes and The Unlimited Mind's signature programme 'Leading sustainable performance.' This involves resilience monitoring, nutrition, hydration, physical exercise and mindfulness tools and techniques. It is designed for senior teams in businesses that need their people to do more with less and keep doing it, better and for longer without burning out.Tara is at the forefront of the application of neuroscience to business. She is a published author of a book and over 20 articles in journals of neuroscience and coaching. She speaks globally on the brain in business at international conferences, blue chip corporations and at top business schools including Oxford, Stanford and MIT. She is regularly quoted in the Financial Times.

Kitty Chisholm is a professional coach specializing in leadership development and strategic change. She is a founder Director of Boardwalk, formed in 2011 to support women in achieving their full leadership potential. Kitty has been involved with pioneering work in organisational learning, including the first major application of AI in training, the creation of the Knowledge Media Institute and the Reliance Academy. She was on the advisory boards of the BT Corporate University, VTES and Board Intelligence. Kitty is a Trustee of the UK's Science Museum Group and chairs the Advisory Board of the School of Management of Royal Holloway. She is a Fellow of Brunel University, the RSA, and the Knowledge Media Institute.

Dr. Paul Brown is a consulting clinical and organisational psychologist and executive coach and was Chairman of the Association for Professional and Executive Coaching and Supervision, APECS. He has been Visiting Professor in Organisational Neuroscience at London South Bank University and in Individual and Organisational Psychology, the Nottingham Law School. He is now Senior Adviser to the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, Hanoi: External Adviser to the International Energy Research Centre, the Tyndall Institute, University of Cork, Ireland: and is the Association for Coaching's Global Ambassador for Applied Neuroscience. He consults and teaches widely, especially in S E Asia.

Table of Contents

Section 1: What are we here for?
An overview
1. Evolution, capitalism, emerging markets – and love Intro to wetware, Bring on the love, Understanding emotions (minus the decisions bit) and chemicals
2. Brains, bodies, businesses: a systems approach (alternative title reflecting the systems approach and also that we will need to lay out our neuroscience stall early on as the basis for what comes afterwards)
3. Leadership Models for the Age of the Brain (our take on leadership and what insights neuroscience gives us)

Section 2: Making Sense of Relationships
4. Testosterone and trouble (probably in expanding this section it will also extend to risk and relationships and risk and entrepreneurship as these will be hard to separate out)
5. The Soft Stuff is so Hard (including the social aspects/benefits of brain development and function, communications, story telling, trust, cooperation, altruism)
6. Diversity and Decisions (gender and other forms of diversity, difficult decisions, difficult/different reactions, managing fora for decisions, boards, meetings etc)
7. Changing yourself, changing others (attention, flexibility, reflection, will power, emotional regulation, self management, enabling others to change, goals)

Section 3: Follow my Leader: Leaders who create sustainable success
8. Elite Performance (brain fitness, expertise, Flow, sustainability, emotions qua the limbic leader)
9. Confidence and Stress: keeping the balance (include entrepreneurs, managers, leaders and the differences??)
10. The fire, creating the spark ('we regard the human mind as a fire which has to be set alight' paraphrase Geoffrey Crowther) will this include values, integrity,etc? can we include the history lessons here?
11. Whole Person, Vibrant Organisation (pulling together all the above)

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