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The Neuroscience of Strategic Leadership

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The Neuroscience of Strategic Leadership

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


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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.


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 is plastic and capable of change. One can strengthen beneficial brain circuits by focusing attention on constructive thoughts.

At work, most people engage in a style of thinking known as the “Low Road.” This type of thinking prioritizes...

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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