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DO YOU HAVE A LEADER’S BRAIN?
I need to wonder about the esteemed Peter Drucker’s summary of leadership. There actually do seem to be differences between leaders and others…between their brains, that is. Neuroscientific discoveries have once again shed new light on old questions.
David A. Waldman and his colleagues have been studying the brains of leading entrepreneurs and managers to better understand such differences. Before I mention such differences, I want to introduce some optimism as you read.
- Neuroplasticity or the fact that your brain can and does change throughout your life offers that optimism. By learning certain techniques, you can create changes in the structure and functioning of your brain. You can focus on developing some of the same brain dynamics characterizing leaders.
- By measuring brain activity, it was discovered that effective leaders’ brains have similar electrical patterns. Those leaders rated highly by their employees manifest high levels of coherence in the right frontal part of the brain. This region in the brain is largely involved with social interaction and relationships as well as interpersonal communication.
- According to Waldman, inspiring leaders use less metabolic energy in the cingulate gyrus and the right temporal lobe. The cingulate gyrus is involved with pain and emotions, in particular, fear. In addition, it may well be that this pattern allows leaders to focus better on specified tasks.
- The frequencies of your brain waves affect how you think, feel and act. While much of the literature only describes four brain wave frequencies, there are actually five. The fifth, known as gamma waves, have the highest frequencies at 40 Hertz and above. Gamma waves are associated with superior concentration, insight, high level information processing and cognitive functioning, and the feeling of being in the “Zone”, as if you can do anything. (For anyone interested in how to achieve the gamma wave state,
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I’ll be exploring ways you can make changes in your brain to bring it into alignment with a “leader’s brain” in your upcoming newsletters. Just know there are a variety of methods, including meditation, mindfulness, neurofeedback, listening to binaural beats (changing brain waves), cognitive reframing and others to help you make desired modifications to your brain.
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