Study Discovers Link Between Leadership and Brain Activity

Posted on : 07 Oct 2015 | 1 Comment

Leadership and Brain Activity

When asked to list the qualities that make someone a good leader, people will often list of traits like character, motivation, and level-headedness. New research has revealed that leaders also have one significant difference when compared to everyone else. Specifically, they exhibit a different set of brainwaves than those more inclined to follow.

If a group is working together effectively, it could be said that everyone is thinking on the same wavelength. This statement is actually almost literally true. Researchers discovered that when several people work in unison towards a goal, their brain waves begin to synchronize and match up. The areas of their brains responsible for attention, engagement, and analysis all display similar areas of activity.

One experiment used technology to monitor the brainwaves of several groups working together. What scientists discovered is that those who assumed leadership of their groups displayed a higher level of activity in the midline theta region, which is responsible for mental engagement. In a nutshell, the brains of these leaders worked differently than the other group members.

This study reveals that leadership isn’t a quality that some people have and others do not. It’s a skill the brain develops due to its neuroplasticity, or ability to adapt and learn. Training the brain to efficiently utilize its midline theta region may result in improved leadership skills.

Luckily, there’s a way to begin building or enhancing a person’s leadership skills through brain training. Over thirty years of research has shown that neurofeedback can improve how the brain functions as a whole. Optimizing the brain, and optimize your ability to lead.

For more information on neurofeedback, read our guide on the subject. Contact PeakBrain directly for answers to any questions you may have. If you’re ready to start improving your leadership skills through brain training, schedule your free consultation today.   

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