Right Brain/left Brain Leadership: Shifting Style for Maximum Impact

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2008 - Business & Economics - 194 pages
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Leaders of all kinds, in all fields, need to be methodical and logical, but also strategic, innovative, and intuitive. Yet the two different styles require different modes of thinking, or what author Mary Lou Decosterd describes as shifts to right brain, or left brain, thinking. Those who operate in what she explains as the left brain mode develop strong logical, rational, and analytical abilities, but they may downplay the value of right brain thinking, which spurs intuition, subjectivity, and creativity. And those who operate primarily in the latter mode lose the value of the former. A leader who is habitually a right-brainer sees only the big picture, rather than its parts, is creative but not usually analytical, is an emotional far more than logical. So who is more effective? Veteran consultant Decosterd shows how those with maximum success are leaders who understand both styles and have the ability to switch between the two at certain key moments to broaden their overall effectiveness.

In the language of leadership, this pragmatic guide provides an all-encompassing view of how to maximize brain power and get to next-level leadership impact. Through case examples, simple assessment and unique learning tools, this book takes the reader through a new process for examining his or her current leadership style and skill sets, and framing a plan for greater success. Decosterd explains how, through use of popular leader exemplars, leadership examples and concise steps and summaries, every person can, at virtually any stage of personal and professional accomplishment, become a more consummate leader.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Leadership Life and the Brain
1
Chapter 2 The Model
23
Leaders Line of SITE
39
The MEGA Mind
67
Resilient
93
Savvy
111
Getting to Breadth and Depth
129
Acknowledgments
145
Worksheets
151
Tools by Trait
165
Leadership Library
171
Notes
175
Bibliography
179
Index
185
About the Author and the Lead Life Institute
193
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About the author (2008)

Mary Lou Décosterd, PhD, is Founder and Managing Executive at the Lead Life Institute, a learning consultancy offering programs and services to help executives, leaderships teams, and organizations maximize their skills. Décosterd has more than 25 years of experience in organizational development, applied psychology, university teaching, and organizational training. An executive coach for businesses and organizations that vary from officials at local schools to CEOs at Fortune 500 companies, she holds three advanced degrees, in Human Development, Clinical Psychology, and Organizational Development. Her areas of expertise include leadership and interpersonal development, implementation and execution, women's executive development, cultural and team alignment, anxiety and stress management, attitude and motivation, strategic change, and mediation.

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