The Neuroscience of Leading under Pressure
One day live-online workshop: Thursday 24th February 2022, 10.00am to 5.00pm UK time
Delivered by Professor Patricia Riddell and Ian McDermott
How do you lead when you’re under pressure? When we’re stressed, there are changes in the activity in our brain. These changes can affect how we make decisions, the actual decisions we make and the way we engage with others. Enough pressure and our style of leadership is likely to change.
All of this can have a negative impact on those we lead. That’s why it’s crucial we understand both how pressure impacts us as leaders and how this affects others.
A practical on-line workshop
This on-line workshop has been designed to show first, what happens to people when they lead under pressure and second, exactly how people can best adapt their style of leadership to be most effective in these situations.
Our aim is to give you practical takeaways. That’s why we’ll be focusing on four key areas:
The Four Key Areas
What changes in the brain when we are under pressure?
Here we’ll explore the neuroscience and physiology of stress; individual differences in response to stress; and how to notice when you are stressed.
How does stress impact leadership specifically?
Then we’re ready to look at different responses to stress and the impact these have on decision making: the actual neuroscience of decision making under pressure: and how stress can exacerbate and exaggerate habitual leadership patterns.
Confronting the shadow side of leadership
When the going gets tough…Here we use neuroscience to help us address the very real phenomenon of problematic leadership behaviours that can show up when people are under pressure.
What leaders can do to be more effective when under pressure
Now we can harvest what we’ve learnt and create new leadership choices for ourselves and others: specifically, how leaders can adjust their behaviour and create new habits so that they can change the effect they have on others for the better.
Learn Practical Skills
The workshop will provide lots of opportunities to practise new skills and to work with other like-minded individuals. You will leave with tools that can be used to improve your own leadership under pressure and which you can use to help other leaders to do this too.