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'The neuroscience of leadership and motivating others', by Professor Richard Boyatzis

Programa de continuidad | English

November 17 OF 2016 from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM

ESADE Alumni is pleased to invite you to this Refresher Programme talk entitled ''The neuroscience of leadership and motivating others'', by Richard Boyatzis, visiting Professor at ESADE’s Department of People Management and Organisation.

Great leaders move us. They move us through a basic human process: our emotions. Although they talk about strategy and competition, great leaders establish a deep emotional connection with others called resonance. They are literally in tune with the other people around them. They create and nurture these resonant relationships through mindfulness, hope, compassion and playfulness.

Unfortunately, most people in leadership positions become less effective over time because of the cumulative effect of damage caused by chronic stress and worry about measurement and finance. This pattern activates neural networks that are useful for problem solving but which suppress the neural networks needed to be open to new ideas, people and moral concerns. To ensure effective, sustainable leadership, a person must be skilled in both major neural networks and develop techniques in order to reverse the effects of stress and revive themselves, neurologically, hormonally and emotionally. These renewal experiences help a person become more cognitive, perceptually and emotionally open, enabling them to innovate and learn, and to motivate others to learn, develop and innovate.

Based on decades of his own and colleagues’ research into emotional intelligence competencies and longitudinal studies in their development, Professor Richard Boyatzis will lead the audience through examples of what renewal feels like, and explain the neural processes that foster or inhibit it.



Richard Boyatzis

Richard Boyatzis is a visiting professor in ESADE’s Department of People Management and Organisation. He is a distinguished university professor and a professor in the Departments of Organizational Behavior, Psychology and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He also is a frequent guest lecturer at management schools throughout Europe and the U.S. He formerly held the Chair in Case’s Department of Organizational Behavior and was also the former Associate Dean for Executive Education Programs in their Weatherhead School of Management. His main areas of research are adult development and leadership. In 2012, Boyatzis was ranked by HR magazine in a survey of 11,000 HR directors from around the globe as one of the top 10 ''Most Influential Thinkers''. His MOOC has over 183,000 students around the world enrolled on Coursera.

Professor Boyatzis has been a consultant to many Fortune 500 companies, educational and health organizations, government agencies and companies in Europe on various topics including executive and management development, organizational structure, culture change, R&D productivity, economic development, selection, promotion, performance appraisal and career pathing. He has written over 150 articles on leadership, motivation, behavioral change, emotional intelligence and managerial competencies. His 1998 book, Transforming Qualitative Information, is now available in Chinese, and his 1982 book, The Competent Manager, has just been published in Russian. He also is the co-author of Innovations in Professional Education: Steps on a Journey from Teaching to Learning, with Scott S. Cowen and David A. Kolb.
In their international best-seller, Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence (2002, Harvard Business School Publishing), Professor Boyatzis, with co-authors Daniel Goleman and Annie McKee, unveiled new scientific evidence linking a leader’s emotional competencies to an organization’s bottom line. The book coincided with the release of two related articles, also by Boyatzis, Goleman and McKee, in the December 2001 and April 2002 issues of the Harvard Business Review. Primal Leadership is now available in 28 languages.

Professor Boyatzis holds a BSc in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and an MA and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University.



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