This project translates some of the latest findings from neuroscience for use in the enhancement and acceleration of leadership development. The project identifies, explores, and tests relevant neuroscience-based findings for application to leadership development. The emphasis is on improving techniques and strategies for developing leaders.

Scientific Contribution:

  • This project reviews the latest scientific findings in brain and health sciences and examines when and how they can be applied to leadership development.
  • This project expands the field of leadership development by examining novel ways to develop leaders, including through biofeedback technology, physical health, cognitive and positive psychology, and mindfulness. This stands in contrast to more traditional methods of leadership development which often ignores internal or automatic processes.
  • To date, the research team has published 5 CCL white papers, 2 book chapters, 2 scientific journal articles, and numerous blog articles on the findings from this project. Their work has also featured in national and international research conferences, as well as in the popular press.
  • Specific topics that this team has researched to date include: leaders’ sleep habits, psychological capital and leadership derailment and performance, holistic models of leadership development, and using biofeedback technology (for e.g., voice analytics feedback) to accelerate self-awareness and the learning of new leadership skills.

Application to Leadership Challenges:

  • This project helps leaders at all levels reach their full potential through understanding how to leverage what we know about the science of human physiology and cognition.
  • The key outcomes from this project include helping leaders better manage stress and burnout, and maintain calm and focus in an increasingly unstable and unpredictable world.
  • While traditional approaches to leadership development are inherently past-focused (examining which behaviors resulted in positive previous outcomes), a neuroscience approach to leadership focuses on basic cognitive and physical actions and reactions, and as such, can be applied in unforeseen future scenarios and during times of change.
  • By facilitating the self-awareness of typically unconscious processes, this project empowers individuals in the learning and management of novel skills that foster their leadership for organizational impact.

Connect With Our Team:

Applied Research Opportunities: If your organization is interested in learning about participating in our research testing neuroscience-based content for purposes of leadership development, please contact Marian Ruderman or Cathleen Clerkin.