Brain Capacity and Leadership Behavior
If you are interested in the link between brain capacity and leadership behavior, then this article is for you!
In today’s highly competitive and volatile business world, executives are expected to be able to accomplish more with less resources, thus resulting in a demand for a capacity to inspire, perform, and innovate that is much greater than we ever have seen before. Unfortunately, a rise in performance demands does not come without a cost of resources within the brain.
To maintain performance capacity, those resources need to be replenished periodically by high quality fuel. Much like owning a Ferrari, but not filling the gas tank will eventually result in a performance decline, as the car come to a stuttering halt, a brain without adequate resources will also eventually run out of capacity and will shut down, no matter whether it is a brain with Ferrari potential.
A brain with limited capacity is going to behave differently from a brain at full capacity. A number of behaviors that can be witnessed in people with low brain capacity are not dissimilar from people in early stages of dementia such as an increase in forgetfulness, increase in the number of mistakes, decreased empathy, a lower capacity to see other people’s perspectives, an increase in agitation, an increase in anxiety, increase in impulsive decision-making, and finally, a tendency to do the same thing over and over again while expecting different results.
If any of these behaviors sound familiar to you and you witness them in your work-place, then you may be witnessing rapid brain-aging at work.
To be successful in today’s business climate requires consistent application of winning behaviors, all of which are dependent on the capacity of the brain. For that matter, protecting the brains of our executives and providing them with opportunities to minimize brain-aging is critical if we want to remain competitive, relevant and on top of our games.
Over the past 5 years, I have spent a considerable amount of time and resources researching the most efficient and convenient ways executives and organizations can ensure their brains are primed for success.
For that reason, I developed the HeadStrong Performance Assessment, which not only measures brain-age, but also assesses key performance and leadership behaviors that may be negatively impacted by a low capacity brain. You can view a sample report of the assessment here. By assessing those behaviors, then subjecting the brain to brain testing, and finally measuring the results of those tests against peers, we can measure a person’s performance and leadership capacity, which in turn can be illustrated in brain-age. The lower the capacity of the brain, the lower the brain performance score and higher that individual’s brain age will be.
After assessing hundreds of executives and leaders, I have encountered many executives who had 40 year old brains, but their brains were so exhausted, they performed like 77 year old brains. The good news is that brain performance capacity also rises, and brain-age drops as we begin to take better care of our brains, thus also resulting in a number of behaviors that are conducive to greater success.
The only way, I think, we can ensure that our executives and leaders of the future are able to maintain full capacity and remain relevant in tomorrow’s business climate is by ensuring their brains remain healthy and fit today, especially during times of chaos, change, and even catastrophe.
The HeadStrong Performance Assessment is a positive step forward in protecting our brains and ensuring we are primed for performance success, no matter what challenges life throws at us.
If you are interested in knowing what your brain-capacity is in its current state and are curious to know at what age your brain is performing, contact us to sign up for the 20 minute online assessment so we can help you greatly improve your brain’s capacity for long-term success or even your team’s overall performance potential.