The burgeoning field of neuroscience - the study of the nervous system and brain - appears to have gone mainstream in recent years. More of us are seeking to translate scientific understanding and research-based insights into reliable, practical advice applications at work. These include decision-making, employee motivation, stakeholder relationships, organisational culture and much more.
The potential is huge for neuroscience to enhance leadership and management effectiveness, and give companies an edge in creating lasting cultural change. After all, success as a leader in many cases comes down to specific behavioural traits. The more we know about how to encourage positive behaviour and change limiting behaviour in ourselves and others, the better we will meet our personal and business challenges.
Unlocking managers' future potential
Using biological neuroscience to better understand people, behaviour, performance and attitude can provide managers with the key to unlocking their further potential and making others feel good in the process. Knowing the capabilities and activities within the brain when engaged in essential managerial tasks, including managing and ‘incentivising’ others, thinking creatively, improving performance and dealing with increasingly complex environments, is becoming fundamental. The more managers comprehend themselves and the chemical reactions in their brains when engaged in these activities, the more they will become effective leaders.
As managers come to appreciate how brains are wired and how to leverage that information, they are able to move ahead to greater influence and success. There is solid evidence linking effective brain function to wellbeing and workplace productivity and neuroscience shows how this is not just a matter of opinion. By applying knowledge how our brains operate managers can work with physiology rather than against it.
Applying valuable insights to improve team performance
In understanding how the brain works, how and why people are governed by automatic behaviour, and what brains need from the workplace in order for people to perform at their best and be motivated to their optimum, enlightened managers and leaders can apply valuable insights when seeking to make their teams more effective and, consequently, their organisations more productive.
It took thousands of years of evolution for the human race to reach the point where we know how our brains work and can direct our own development as a result. We have reached a watershed. Neuroscience looks set to shape management thinking and in doing so make the workplace a more rewarding, enjoyable and inspiring place for us all.