Summary of The Neuroscience of Strategic Leadership

Research shows how leaders can take the high road less traveled.


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The Neuroscience of Strategic Leadership summary
How do you cultivate the ability to make better decisions? Research suggests that it’s all in your head.


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What if you could change your results in life by harnessing the power of your thoughts? If you go to work feeling anxious, come home irritated and are often left out of important workplace decisions, the problem may lie within. Jeffrey Schwartz, Josie Thomson and Art Kleiner teach you the power of mindfulness, “mentalizing” and “self-directed neuroplasticity.” The authors advocate for daily meditation sessions and teach you how to make changes to your behavior patterns. getAbstract recommends this summary to people with an interest in optimizing their most valuable resource: brain power.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How the brain develops habitual ways of thinking,
  • Which features characterize “High Road” thinking and “Low Road” thinking, and
  • How you can engage in “self-directed neuroplasticity.”


If the human brain were a network of roads, habitual thoughts would be the well-traveled roads: wide avenues with deep grooves that are easy to settle into. Unfortunately, this phenomenon makes it easier to get stuck in a rut if a person’s habitual thoughts aren’t serving him or her. Luckily, the brain...
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About the Authors

Jeffrey Schwartz is a psychiatrist and an author. Josie Thomson is a leadership coach. Art Kleiner is the editor in chief at stragegy+business.

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