What is Neuro Leadership and how can it help?

As a leader, today and into future, you need to access and use all of your ‘intelligence’ potential.  Research indicates that you have multiple brains that you can tap into; the head brain, the heart (cardiac) brain and the gut (enteric) brain.   Put simply, there is intuitive and innate intelligence that can be tapped into when these 3 brains are aligned.

Each of these brains has a purpose that works together as a complex system.

Together, it allows you to perform synchronistically, with purpose, by developing productive habits and sustained performance.

Renowned adaptive leadership expert Ronald Heifetz says ‘…technical leadership is from the head, and adaptive leadership is from heart and gut…’

NeuroLeadership is less about new types of leaders or leadership styles.  It is more about being able to grow leadership mindsets.  Tapping into new levels of consciousness and wisdom when making decisions, solving problems, learning and facilitating change.


Head Brain

Over 90% of our decisions, motivations and reactions are influenced by automatic, non-conscious processes. Understanding what drives your behaviour, and leveraging this to optimise your brain’s strengths and minimise its limitations is key to enhancing your performance, relationships and health.

So What…

This helps you identify and work through your limiting beliefs, to face the things that aren’t working for you and aids in you developing and growing as a person, colleague and leader.  It’s about bringing together brain science and leadership effectiveness to facilitate real and measurable change in a way that builds your, and others, personal resilience.


Heart Graphic

Your heart is one of the most important organs, with nearly 2 billion muscle cells and 40,000 neurons. The heart neurons are very few in number compared to those in the brain or gut.  But, these neurons transmit signals to your brain that are both understood and obeyed.

So What…

Importantly, this means that both your heart and gut impact your overall thought processes. Becoming aware of the source of thousands of non-conscious thoughts you experience in a day and tapping into these increases your emergent wisdom around decision making and problem solving. Put simply, it means you can expand your core identity and become a more authentic leader.


Gut Graphic

Emotions are influenced by the chemicals and nerves in the gut which flow from your gut to your brain via the vagus nerve . For example, 95% of the body’s serotonin is found in your gut.  It’s well known contributor towards your feelings of wellbeing. Seratonin’s been called the ‘happiness hormone’.

So What…

As a leader you are often told to ‘trust your gut’. Honed and cultivated through years of experience, your intuition is often seen as an inbuilt trusted advisor. Yet neuroscience reveals a different picture. Research indicates that your ‘gut instinct’ is likely nothing more – or less – than familiarity.  90% of your actions are powered by finely cultivated and curated brain maps and patterns.

Few leaders rate their organizations as highly effective at managing change and most work in an organization with no change strategy in place. The issue of “anticipating and reacting to nature and the speed of change” has been identified as a top human capital issue, and a critical capability gap by CEOs

Forbes Magazine, September 2015