Leading Employees by Nourishing Their Brains

Part of the The Leadership Brain For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The same neuroscience that applies to your brain and leadership is critical for the way you lead your employees. You can feed employees’ brains and help them grow by

  • Training them offsite, onsite, and on the job. Education never stops, and the brain thrives on it.

  • Conducting personal meetings and letting employees know that you value their contributions. When employees know where they stand, they are secure and thereby more productive.

  • Keeping stress levels low by offering coaching or mentoring programs. High stress interferes with the brain’s functions.

  • Celebrating successes, no matter how small. Celebrations help teams bond, and humans are social animals.

  • Continually making connections between employee work and the company’s goals. Help their brains make pathways to work more efficiently.

  • Allowing them time for exercise, rest, and family time. Without breaks, the brain can’t work at its best.

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