spends in organisational budgets by far, and many years of research has been undertaken in the pursuit of ways for improving leadership effectiveness by understanding themselves and their employees which leads to being more effective.
There are many Leadership Theories but the majority of 'Leadership Development Models' agree on several key areas for development:
Building Emotional Intelligence
Using science to development people management skills
How to improve their communication and decision making
Leading and building a culture that thrives and is prosperous
So no matter which school of thought you belong to regarding the number 1 skills, we should all agree that understanding the brain is right up there because it impacts so many areas of the above list and more.
What we know about the brain
Our evolution has relied on our ability to avoid threats and seek rewards, ‘it’s our survival mode’
The brain craves certainty
We are easily distracted by novelty
Decision making is highly influenced by our emotions
The brains preference is to seek familiar patterns
Survival - Leadership must understand these principles in order to minimise the ‘Threat’ response and promote a toward response ‘Reward’ to gain the support of his team
Certainty -Leaders must develop ways to incorporate a higher level of communication in order to be perceived as trustworthy, this should also include learning key strategies on emotional regulation as it is key to effective decision making and problem solving
Novelty – The ability to focus and utilise our executive function (cognitive thinking) is easy for some but not for others so developing ways to inhibit distraction is important to remaining focused to achieve planned objectives
Decisions - We make sense of the world using our own set of lenses, which have been developed against the backdrop of our values and belief systems which evolved during our childhood and carried forward into adulthood, decision making uses complex systems but understanding how to regulate our emotions is a key factor in making thoughtful decisions and another is to understand how ‘Bias’ can influence your decision making ability, albeit unconsciously
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to adapt to new circumstances and create new neural pathways e.g. this is used by health professionals to assist people to develop alternate ways to perform actions by creating new neural pathways thereby replacing the old. This may occur in someone with a brain injury. We all have the ability to build new neural connections we just need the opportunity and guidance to do that, and neuroscience practitioners are specialists in developing new ways of thinking in the workplace in the same way the health professionals do.