“Neuroscience findings are helping to connect the dots between human interaction and effective leadership practices. As the mapping of the human brain continues, we can expect to learn more about how the brain functions and how leaders can use this knowledge to best lead people and organizations.”
An exciting white paper by UNC Executive Development Program Director Kimberly Schaufenbuel explores the growing use of neuroscience and its technologies in the fields of leadership, strategy implementation, and executive coaching. The official term for this, conceived in 2006, is neuroleadership – the application of neuroscience findings to the workplace, especially leadership development, management training, change management education, as well as consulting and coaching.
The major benefit of neuroleadership, Schaufenbuel explains, is that it provides a scientific basis and language for what many executives, managers, and leaders already knew to be true: there are effective methods for improving employee and organizational performance, cultivating talent, and achieving strategic results. Using neuroleadership, researchers can now show hard evidence from technologies such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and positron emission tomography that there are physiological links between leadership effectiveness and behavior in a subordinate. As a simple example, neuroleadership demonstrates that even gut feelings have a neurological basis that manifests in physical bodily changes, however fleeting.
Schaufenbuel’s paper illustrates the use of neuroleadership in several topical examples, including change management, creative thinking and innovation, and employee engagement. At Meritas, we strive to provide you with multiple approaches to better engage, bond with, and lead others. We believe neuroleadership deserves consideration – connecting hard science to leadership may just help us all better comprehend why some leadership methods are more successful than others.