Leadership is about people. And to lead people we first need to be able to lead ourselves.
Self-awareness is the foundation of great leadership. When the 75 members of Stanford Graduate School of Business’s Advisory Council rated the top leadership capability, the results were nearly unanimous: self awareness. When a leader understands their own drives, motivations, strengths, weaknesses, values and potentials, they are more able to understand and get the best from people.
What people often value most in their work are relationships, particularly with a manager who shows care for them as a person. A bad or ineffectual relationship with their line manager is the most common reason people leave an organisation. Leaders with high technical proficiency and low emotional intelligence and people skills risk mismanaging increasingly diverse workforces and reducing performance. According to the Corporate Leadership Council, the primary causes of derailment in executives involve low emotional intelligence, particularly difficulty handling change, poor teamwork and interpersonal relationships.
We focus on helping leaders develop the self-awareness, people skills, mindful habits and resilience that lead to successful outcomes for themselves, their business and the people they lead. We teach them how the brain and people work best so they can be more productive, engage people and elicit great performance.
We have been working to build emotional intelligence in top leaders throughout Australia and New Zealand for the last few years. Our scientific approach quickly got senior leaders and technical experts on board and championing the program to their teams.
Crown Melbourne, one of Australia’s premier casino and entertainment complexes, partnered with us to increase the levels of engagement and collaboration across the business by building emotional intelligence into their emerging leaders program. The feedback and results have been exceptional.
La Trobe University’s Division of Marketing and Engagement wanted to develop a strong, cohesive and flexible leadership team that could achieve goals and manage large, diverse teams more effectively. We helped them build a high performing, strategic leadership team by playing to strengths.
August 24th, 2015|Comments Off on Lead with the Brain in Mind: 5 Tips to Boost Your Brain’s Performance
To lead people we first need to be able to lead ourselves. Leading with the brain in mind helps us bring out the best in ourselves so we can do the same with others. Here are Sue's brain-based productivity and performance tips.
August 9th, 2015|Comments Off on How to Encourage More Diversity on Boards
Diversity on boards is good for business—on that we can agree. What's less understood is how to create a culture that supports diverse talent to stay and contribute value. Here are some obstacles organisations and boards need to overcome.
July 21st, 2015|Comments Off on Positioning workplaces for the future: Sue Langley at the APS IOP Conference
Sue Langley's takeaways from this year's annual APA conference, the 11th Industrial and Organisational Psychology Conference in Melbourne. She spoke about the neuroscience of leadership, harnessing creativity at work and creating positive habits.