Hey Ripple Makers!
Having worked in the field of neuroscience for over 19 years, I’ve had the opportunity to learn a lot about the brain and neuroscience. With this in mind, I’ve decided to write a little more about Neuroleadership into my blog posts – a concept around since David Rock introduced it in 2006.
#RippleFunFact! Taking a calm approach to leadership has a neuroscience effect on our brains.
Take neurological anatomy. We have learned that the brain is not one homogeneous organ and has several structures and sub-structures.
One of these structures is the limbic system.
People’s moods affect the emotions of other people around them. This happens because we have an open-loop nature in the brain’s limbic system; it’s our emotional center. The evolution of our limbic system and the open-loop design means that when we are around other people (in both positive and negative situations), our very own physiology and emotions are altered.
As Daniel Goleman explains it, “Scientists describe the open-loop as interpersonal limbic regulation; one person transmits signals that can alter hormone levels, cardiovascular functions, sleep rhythms, even immune functions, inside the body of another.”
Next time you’re in a stressful situation or feeling frustrated, here are some suggestions on how to take a calm approach to your leadership style:
A calm leader …
- Digs deep with their central compass to do what’s right. Using our personal or organizational core values helps us in difficult situations.
- Communicates with transparency, clarity, and integrity to nurture team culture and relationships with colleagues.
- Doesn’t boss people around yet is calm in their style and direct. This leadership style always earns respect.
Continually challenging ourselves, cultivates personal leadership and maintains healthy working relationships.
You got this #RippleMakers
Janic, Creative Curator