Summary of Neuroscience for Leadership

Harnessing the Brain Gain Advantage

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Neuroscience for Leadership book summary
If you learn more about how your brain works, will you be a better leader?


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Many books and articles apply recent advances in neuroscience to daily life, business and leadership. This addition to that collection is fortunately more useful and down to earth than most. Leadership and management specialists Tara Swart, Kitty Chisholm and Paul Brown express complex ideas in a welcome, readable voice. They waste little time proselytizing for the soundness of their ideas or claiming to unveil a major paradigm shift. Instead, they revel in offering a clear, pragmatic guide to applying concepts from neuroscience to life and leadership. Their advice is fundamental and easily applicable. Don’t let the title daunt you – the authors aggregate and explain a lot of useful wisdom, capably translating science for a lay audience. getAbstract recommends their eye-opening conclusions to everyone interested in neuroscience, self-improvement or leadership.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How your brain and body work together,
  • What strategies to use to develop your brain so you can exercise better leadership, and
  • How you and your organization can reach higher levels of performance.


Your Chemical Systems
The chemical processes and stimuli in your brain and body drive your actions. Two chemical systems control your behavior: your brain’s neurochemistry and your endocrine system. These complex systems interact. They “break down” under stress, like a car driven too hard...
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About the Authors

Tara Swart, CEO of The Unlimited Mind, is a senior lecturer at MIT. Kitty Chisholm is a founding director of Boardwalk, which helps women achieve their leadership potential. Paul Brown teaches organizational neuroscience at Monarch Business School, Switzerland.

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