GUEST POST BY Wendy Jenkins OAM, READY RESILIENCE
Ready Resilience helps organisations thrive during times of change and challenge, using practical neuroscience-based resilience tools that have been proven to offer in-the-moment solutions and long-lasting results.
October 2023 Resilient Leadership Tips
Exceptional leadership is deeply rooted in understanding the human brain and behaviour.
How well do you understand and apply the science of the brain in your role?
Neuroscience, the science of our brain and nervous system, teaches us that leadership is, fundamentally, a social and emotional endeavour. It’s about tapping into the brain’s innate capacity for empathy, collaboration, and motivation.
The brain is wired for connection. Exemplary leaders leverage this knowledge by fostering an environment of trust and psychological safety. When team members feel safe and supported, they’re more likely to take risks and contribute their best.
The brain’s reward system plays a significant role in motivation. Effective leaders know how to trigger these reward pathways by recognising and celebrating achievements, both big and small. This boosts morale and fuels a sense of purpose.
Mirror neurons, a fascinating discovery in neuroscience, highlight the power of empathy. Great leaders use their mirror neurons to understand the perspectives and emotions of others, which leads to better communication and collaboration.
Neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to adapt and change, underscores the importance of continuous learning and growth. Leaders who encourage their teams to embrace challenges and acquire new skills are nurturing the brain’s potential.
Gratitude, a brain-boosting emotion, is a vital tool for leaders. Expressing appreciation triggers the release of dopamine and serotonin, enhancing well-being and motivation. It’s a win-win for leaders and their teams.
When we lead with the brain in mind, we not only enhance our leadership capabilities but also empower those we lead to reach their full potential.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wendy Jenkins is the founder of Ready Resilience, Co-Founder of the Lungitude Foundation, Speaker and Lung Transplant Survivor. Ready Resilience helps organisations thrive during times of change and challenge, using practical neuroscience-based resilience tools that have been proven to offer in-the-moment solutions and long-lasting results. Having been told she had two years to live over sixteen years ago, Wendy is driven to help people transform their perspective on challenges in life. To find out more visit www.readyresilience.com.