Neuroscience and destructive leadership

July 12, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Organisational neuroscience continues to attract a growing level of interest from leadership assessment and development practitioners. Over the last year I have been actively presenting the results of our research to both academics and practitioners at a number of local and international conferences.

One recent finding is drawing a large amount of interest – the link between a leader’s cognitive resources, emotions and bullying behavior in the workplace. We all know that the psychological, physical and organisational damage caused by workplace bullying is substantial. However, it becomes increasingly harmful when committed by leaders, and until recently we had no way to accurately assess this tendency during the selection process.

This rapidly emerging interest in neuroscience and destructive forms of leadership prompted a request to share my expertise in a two-day practitioner workshop in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month. Two further workshops have been scheduled for Sydney (29 & 30 July) and Auckland (25 & 26 August).

Post-conference feedback, from 120 participants over the past 12 months, confirms the interest in this topic, with:

  • 93% rating my subject knowledge as very good (4) to excellent (5)
  • 83% rating the relevance of my presentation as very good (4) to excellent (5), and
  • 80% rating the standard of my presentation and materials as very good (4) to excellent (5)

Finally, here’s a snap-shot of what some of these participants had to say:

  • Excellent – feeds my keen interest in advances in neuroscience and how it applies to leadership
  • Fascinating to listen to, loved the brain based research. It addresses the current concerns and thinking in my organisation
  • It was fun! Really enjoyed it – made me think about emotions and juggling different thoughts. I like knowing about the brain functions too
  • Was great to see the science behind the thought processes that can actually benefit leaders
  • I enjoyed this session and the ideas presented, especially challenging the current system
  • Michael was very engaging and I found the topic very fascinating
  • Well presented – complex subject delivered in simple terms
  • Interactive and great information
  • Very thought provoking, informative and valuable presentation

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