A leader can harness and put into practical use the intangible unseen forces of unborn opportunity and give to civilization everything that it has of value.

Leaders are practical dreamers who materialize their dreams through impulsive action.

Summary of a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global organisations.

When we feel a threat to our safety, arteries harden and thicken to handle an increased blood flow to our limbs in preparation for a fight-or-flight response. In this state, we lose access to the social engagement system of the limbic brain and the executive function of the prefrontal cortex, inhibiting creativity and the drive for excellence. From a neuroscience perspective, making sure that people feel safe on a deep level should be job #1 for leaders.

A leader with high ethical standards conveys a commitment to fairness by instilling confidence that they will honor the rules of the game. A leader empowers others to self-organize and find a direction. Leaders distribute power and rely on decision making from those who are closest to the action.

No leader can do everything themselves. Therefore, a leader must foster a sense of connection and belonging.

In a safe environment people relax, invoking the brain’s higher capacity for social engagement, innovation, creativity, and ambition. Leaders who “communicate often and openly” and “create a feeling of succeeding and failing together as a pack” build a strong foundation for connection.

Openness to new ideas and learning.

  • Flexibility to change opinions.
  • Being open to new ideas and approaches.
  • Provides safety for trial and error.

Leaders must create a culture that supports risk-taking and to encourage learning, leaders must first ensure that they are open to learning (and changing course) themselves. Leaders must approach a problem-solving discussions without a specific agenda or outcome. A leader withholds judgment until everyone has spoken, and let people know that all ideas will be considered.

All living organisms have an innate need to leave copies of their genes. They maximize their offspring’s chances of success by nurturing and teaching them. In turn, those on the receiving end feel a sense of gratitude and loyalty.

When leaders show a commitment to growth, people get motivated to reciprocate, expressing their gratitude or loyalty by going the extra mile. A leader inspires the best, advocates for them, supports them.

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