Leadership Story

Reinventing Your Leadership


Authoring Your Personal Leadership Story

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Using Neuroscience, Self-Management, and Defining your Patterns to Achieve Leadership Success

Your leadership story is a self-expression. Your identity comes out in your leadership quotes and leadership style, whether intentionally or not. What part of your style, then, is unintentional? If you were to define the ideal you as a leader, how different would it be from how others perceived you?

The foundation of you as a success story begins with you recognizing the authorship of your story.  Listen to the power of your story. Listen for your meaning of success by crafting your plot.

Construct your Personal Narrative

The invisible decisions that we make daily become camouflaged as habits, our own collection of repetitions. Reactions become automatic, keeping us from having to make new decisions in each situation.

This is our body’s way of saving energy. And it works, until our habits become ghostwriters in a plot where our performance is not what we intended. Often this occurs without awareness.

How did we become a victim of a plateaued career, overlooked promotions, or frustrated results during the last big project at the office? Those are signs of a previous story driving your results. To overcome it, you must take ownership of your storyline, envision the future, and mobilize your talents and strengths to attain personal leadership success.

Why do we Resist Change?

Neuroscience enters the picture when we define storylines that require change. Our brains are machines that like predictability. They default to the path of least resistance – the part of the brain called basal ganglia, where patterns are etched into habits.  It is physically painful for the brain to divert from those neuronal paths onto something new. This is why change hurts.

This also explains why we hold onto habits that are unproductive. Change creates discontinuity and disrupts the customary patterns of the brain.

Lucky for us, we are not hardwired. Recent research shows that intentional reprogramming of  our brain through new activities causes the brain cell connections to rearrange (called neuroplasticity). Also being discovered is the ability to generate new brain cells (neurogenesis).

That is terrific news. The old maxim about killing off brain cells during college parties now can be put to rest. We can re-grow those cells!

Your Leadership is Where You Define It

The Law of Attraction is alive and well at work. You are your patterns. You are what you tolerate. You are what you believe. Predicting an outcome aligns our brains to filter what we see, so that we are more likely to recognize the results we predict.

An example of it in action. What kind of car do you drive? When you are on the road, do those cars that are the same as yours just jump out at you? Why does your brain let those through the filter but you could not identify what kind of car was in front of it or behind it?

Or, how about the last time you re-roofed the house. Suddenly all you see are everyone else’s roofs.

Neuroscience tells us that those paradigms prevent us mentally from seeing other truths or other routes to success. There is scientific evidence that those blind spots are physiological, our brain masks them based on what we believe. And it does it through physical pathways in the brain.

Consider what that says about how comfortable you are making some decisions at work. What must you be missing?

Which brings us to our astounding conclusion –
    If you want to change your story, change your mind.
    When you change your mind, you change your brain.

Get Started

Defining your leadership story requires effective facilitating significant change. These are identified in the Live a New Life Story ROADMAP .

Recognize the authorship of your leadership story
Own your present story
Assess the storylines and plot
Decide what to keep, enhance, let go, and avoid
Map changes
Author new experiences
Program new identity to incorporate and sustain the changes

Identify your storyline.
Test your patterns.
Challenge your barriers.
Regulate your state of mind.

Discussions, exercises, assessments, and dynamic interactions will include:

  • Behaviors

  • The dynamics of change and why it is so difficult
  • The 4 principles in recognizing authorship of your story
  • Comfort Zones
  • How beliefs drive behavior, and behavior drives performance
  • Why experiences are either created or accepted
  • How the story sometimes seems to write itself
  • Listening for repetitions of the old story and its paradigms
  • Science

  • Research in neuroscience 
  • 6 Elements to outsmart your brain & to program changes
  • The art and the science of a vision
  • Techniques

  • A map for awareness, acceptance, and action
  • The Law of Attraction – The 7 How’s to Make The Secret Work
  • Regulating states of mind
  • Guidelines

  • The 6 reasons people do not keep goals
  • The 12 principles of change
            The next class begins in January, 2009, in Albuquerque, NM

Adapted from New Life Story Coaches™
 David Krueger, MD, Mentorpath Publications


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