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Reported May 3, 2013

Are You a Leader? Your Brain Can Tell

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – Researchers from Wake Forest University discovered that activity in the prefrontal cortex of the brain may be useful in determining people’s leadership potential. For the study, 103 young military leaders ranging in rank from officer cadet to major underwent psychological tests to assess leadership and neurological tests, which measured brain activity.

Participants who showed higher levels of adaptive decision making, an important part of leadership, had less connectivity in the front lobes of the brain’s alpha range. Sean Hannah, the Tylee Wilson Chair in Business Ethics and Professor of Management at the Wake Forest University School of Business, and his colleagues used the amount of connectivity in the front lobes as a means to measure the participants’ levels of leadership self-complexity, which is the interface between common leadership traits and the cognitive structures needed for a refined understanding of situations.
 
For more information, go to:  http://news.wfu.edu/2013/04/29/landscape-of-a-leaders-brain/

Source: Journal of Applied Psychology, May 2013

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