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

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You can get TWO FREE places to this workshop when you book the Applied Neuroscience Programme at the Super Early Bird price before 21st January 2022

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:

Part 1

  • What changes in the brain when we are under pressure?
  • How does stress impact leadership specifically?

Part 2

  • Confronting the shadow side of leadership.
  • What leaders can do to be more effective when under pressure.

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.

Meet your trainers

Professor Patricia Riddell

A Professor of Applied Neuroscience and a chartered psychologist and chartered scientist. She is passionate about bringing the expanding knowledge that we have about the brain and how it drives behaviour to professionals.

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Ian McDermott

The Founder of ITS and the man who brought NLP and coaching together. Ian is also External Faculty at Henley Business School and a co-creator of the Henley MSc. in Coaching and Behavioural Change. He has literally trained a generation of coaches and is a member of the Association for Coaching’s Global Advisory Panel, as well as being a prolific author of and contributor to a range of coaching books.

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