Summary of Somatics, Neuroscience, and Leadership

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Somatics, Neuroscience, and Leadership summary
Developing great leadership skills includes learning and practicing biologically-based behaviors.


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When it comes to changing the behaviors that can hold you back as a leader, it takes more than just learning new information. Amanda Blake, Richard Strozzi-Heckler and Staci K. Haines of the Strozzi Institute explore what science reveals about the importance of “social, emotional and biological learning,” and offer practical examples of “feeling, centering,” and “presence” in action to illustrate how a biologically-based “somatic” approach can help create better leaders. getAbstract recommends this report to those interested in leadership development techniques.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why “intellectual learning” isn’t sufficient for leadership development,
  • What science reveals about how human minds interact with their “intelligent” bodies, and
  • How training in “feeling, centering” and “presence” enables better leadership.


Recent neuroscience studies reveal that, when it comes to developing leadership skills, a biologically-based “somatic” approach can yield impressive results. While the typical approach to leadership development emphasizes intellectual learning, neuroscience shows how “implicit memory” created by “biological...
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About the Authors

Amanda Blake, Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD, and Staci K. Haines are members of the Strozzi Institute, which is dedicated to creating leaders who embody wisdom, skillful action and grounded compassion.

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