We work with leaders to develop their emotional intelligence, facilitate sustainable change, build exceptional self-leadership and inspire others to perform at their best
Our leadership programs focus on building those skills, attributes and characteristics of 21st Century leadership that are often overlooked, yet from multiple studies and white papers are what employees are looking for in their leaders.
Each of our leadership based programs can be developed for differing levels of leaders – the emerging leader, the accidental leader, the established leader and those who want to build their skills of self-leadership.
We use a number of psychometric profiling tools to help leaders develop their emotional intelligence and leadership capability.
BrainSmart Development Programs
Building Leadership Capacity for the 21st Century
Why this is important
The traditional view and role of leadership is changing as businesses strive to adapt to today’s business environment. Technological and social changes are disrupting successful business models and creating faster paced change and greater complexity. Leaders are being challenged to find better ways of leading themselves and others in a volatile, ambiguous and uncertain world.
The BrainSmart Leadership Academy is an extensive development program with an emphasis and focus on personal leadership, self-awareness, effectiveness and the ability to inspire others.
Each of the 6 modules builds on the next with work-based projects between modules to embed learning. It integrates the use of personal leadership assessment tools based on the principles of neuroscience to facilitate deeper self-awareness and development of those leadership traits, attributes and behaviours required to thrive in the 21st Century.
Module 1 – Introduction and 360 degree leadership assessment
Module 2 – The High Performing Leader
Module 3 – The Collaborative Leader
Module 4 – The Innovative Leader
Module 5 – The Agile Leader
Module 6 – The Resilient Leader
- Build self-awareness through a leading leadership profiling tool
- Master self-leadership through emotional intelligence and social intelligence
- Understand the changing face of leadership and what it means for leading in uncertain times
- Discover why building trust and psychological safety are critical elements of leadership
- Explore how collaboration yields greater outcomes
- Uncover the attributes of the leader’s brain for effective emotion-regulation, decision-making and engagement
- Build skills in facilitating and communicating sustainable change
Building Self-awareness, Emotional Agility and Personal Resilience to Engage Others Effectively
Why it is important
Our emotions motivate us to think, believe and act. They influence our decisions, behaviours and habits and how we interact with the people around us. They also influence how others see us and how we see other people. By developing our Emotional Intelligence, we are better able to build, maintain and enhance our relationships with others.
We can improve our Emotional Intelligence by learning a set of specific skills to develop our self-awareness and improve our self-management to better manage our stress, make more effective decisions and build our personal resilience. We can also learn practical skills to work more effectively with others.
On a daily basis, we are provided with many opportunities at work and at home to have our emotional hot buttons pressed. Neuroscience is now helping us understand how these emotional triggers work and is also offering us ways to manage these more productively.
In our Emotional Intelligence workshops, we start by explaining the science behind EI and help people gain a baseline understanding of what constitutes productive and unproductive emotions. We integrate insights from Neuroscience to help participants become more conscious of their stressors and emotional triggers and equip them with practical tools and strategies to demonstrate more productive and helpful emotions in the real-life situations they face.
Our EI workshops are designed to help:
- Develop increased levels of self-awareness
- Build an understanding of how emotions impact the results we get
- Enhance our ability to observe emotions in ourselves and others
- Choose our emotions intelligently to align more effectively with the situation we face
- Apply effective self-management tools and strategies
- Build our capacity to be more present, genuine and effective with others
Workshops can be customised to meet your organisation’s specific needs and supported by follow-up one-on-one coaching if required. Please contact us for more information.
Assessing Emotional Intelligence using Genos Feedback
Developing our EI is most effectively achieved through understanding our strengths and opportunities for development. We use the Genos Emotional Intelligence assessment tool to provide workshop participants with this feedback and support them in developing a set of core emotional intelligence skills. The Genos assessment focuses on 6 core competencies – Self-Awareness, Awareness of Others, Authenticity, Emotional Reasoning, Self-Management and Positive Influence. There are 7 behaviours contributing to each competence and feedback is provided on each of these.
There are a number of Assessment Report options – self-assessment, a 180o EI Report and a 360o Report. There is also a Sales Leader report for people involved in sales and customer relations roles.
The Genos Assessments enable greater self-awareness and build the capacity to be more conscious of when our emotions might be aligning or misaligning with the task at hand. With this information, we can choose how to manage our behaviour and how we ‘show up’ to interact more effectively with the people around us.
Building Change Agility and Capability, Minimising Change Resistance
Why this is important
Our world has changed forever and there is no going back, there will be no ‘new normal’ and the way we lead teams through change also has to change. The nature and complexity of change requires leaders to understand the nature of change, from acceptance through to resistance, from fearing to embracing.
Still today, the reasons that change initiatives fail are all down to human factors (McKinsey & Co).
This highly practical and interactive programme focuses on a leader’s ability firstly to understand then guide teams through continuous and complex change environments – one brain at a time.
By exploring how and why each individual has a unique response to change, leaders can tailor their approach for greater engagement and productivity.
Leading Teams through Change explores the nature of change from our earliest days, how our brains respond to change and how we can use knowledge of our biology and neurology to create change environments where people feel safe to apply new ways of working.
We address change resistance and how best to work with it, explore the predictable dynamics of change and the do’s and don’ts of communicating change effectively.
- Identify the impact of the changing landscape ‘post pandemic’ and what this means for people centred change
- Explore how our brain equips us for survival, where change resistance comes from and how to deal with it
- Uncover the myriad factors leading people to have an individual change response
- Learn how to create a psychologically safe change environment where people can share their concerns without repercussion
- Study the language of change and how to communicate key change messages in a way that gets buy in
"Understanding how the brain functions (BrainSmart) was fascinating and has helped me to be more aware of and understand my team's reaction to change. I hope to be able to manage change and their reaction better going forward"
Creating a Genuine Culture of Belonging and High Performance
Why this is Important
It’s a simple key leadership message – diverse workplaces perform better. McKinsey's 2018 'Delivering through Diversity' report update found that those in the top quartile for gender diversity and ethnic and racial diversity in management, were respectively 21% and 33% more likely to have returns above the industry mean.
Morgan Stanley reported that diverse workplaces have lower volatility and a better return on equity (ROE) than companies ranked low in diversity. Deloitte reported that organisations that don’t prioritise diversity risk their younger employees becoming disengaged from their jobs and may even push them away from applying.
Diversity and inclusion reach much deeper and broader in their benefits than ROE and ROI, and unless leaders know how to implement and lead a culture of diversity and inclusion, these benefits may never be realised.
And it all starts with understanding Unconscious Bias.
Leading Diversity and Inclusion is a highly practical program** aimed at Executive Leadership Teams with a focus on developing self and others’ awareness of the biases that are prevalent in the workplace and creating a genuine culture of Diversity and Inclusion.
As mentioned in our ‘Getting to Grips with Unconscious Bias’ program, our unconscious biases directly impact the effectiveness of our leaders in decision-making, change management, problem-solving and talent management.
The focus is on working collaboratively to change the narrative and make Diversity and Inclusion a key strategic priority and not a compliance 'tick the box' initiative.
- Agree a common framework to reflect the importance of a culture of Diversity and Inclusion
- Identify the role of leaders in creating an inclusive workplace
- Explore, uncover and share the unconscious biases that impact the leadership team’s effectiveness
- Understand the importance of creating a culture of psychological safety as a precursor to challenging biases
- Create a regular practice of respectfully challenging biases in decision-making and other key areas of the business.
**It is highly recommended that all leadership team members first participate in our ‘Getting to Grips with Unconscious Bias’ program as a precursor to this program.
Recognising the Importance of self-care in enhancing Performance and Productivity
Why this is Important
Research from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that untreated mental health conditions cost Australian workplaces approximately $10.9 billion per year. This comprises $4.7 billion in absenteeism, $6.1 billion in presenteeism and $146 million in compensation claims (2018).
The above statistics do not exclude those in leadership positions. Stress and burnout are on the rise for today's business leaders (source WHO). In order to be mentally and physically at our best, we must address all elements of self-care as an equal investment.
The topic of self-care for leaders is a serious and necessary one, so we’d like to start with busting some common myths, so we can share a program that makes a real difference to leadership capability:-
- Self-care is not new-age, hippie or self-indulgent – it is a fundamental practice for leaders to be in their best shape to lead effectively
- Working long hours is not a badge of honour – rather it gives an impression to others of poor time and energy management
- Leaders cannot hope to instil a culture of high performance, strong productivity and vitality unless they role model it first
- Leaders are not invincible or immune to stress – they burn out too if they don’t look after themselves
Building Leadership Capability through Self-care focuses on self-investment in 3 core areas that will result in improved mental, physical and emotional health, leading to greater leadership effectiveness and performance.
Workshop content include: -
- The Importance of Quality Sleep, Brain-friendly Nutrition and Exercise on Performance. These are the 3 legs of the self-care stool for ultimate performance
- Maintaining and improving Focus and Attention. The ability to be present and fully attentive through various techniques including Present Attention Awareness (mindfulness), Attentional Intelligence®, Distraction and Energy Management
- Emotion Regulation – the capacity to move from instinctive emotional reactions to considered rational responses and why this skill matters
- Apply the insights from neuroscience to build productive habits to support self-care
- Discover how sleep, diet and exercise improve mood, energy levels and our ability to focus
- Understand the parts of the brain involved in paying attention, focusing, dealing with distractions and accessing insight
- Identify your individual energy patterns and how to work in sync with your energy highs and lows
- Understand the difference between reacting and responding and learn how to regulate emotions to remain calm under pressure
- Create a self-care action plan that is realistic, achievable and can make a considerable difference to physical, mental and emotional performance.
“The main takeaway for me was how your diet, exercise and sleep can affect your resilience and stress levels. This is an area that I know I can easily improve on and that will help” Program Participant