Women In Business: Does Brain Science Support the Integrated Leadership Model?

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Could gender-balanced leadership at the senior and executive levels lead to better business results? Because most senior leadership teams have been predominately comprised of men, companies have been using only half of their "brain". That is the argument made by recent research by neuropsychiatrists.

Women In Business: Does Brain Science Support the Integrated Leadership Model?
Published in the Huffington Post, December 14 2011

Over the last several decades, advanced brain research has taught us a tremendous amount about how the human brain functions. And while the applications of this research are many, perhaps none is more fascinating than how brain research and human intelligence affects leadership and organizational success, especially as it relates to male and female leaders and the "integrated leadership" model.

In her groundbreaking books, "The Female Brain" and "The Male Brain,"  neuropsychiatrist Louann Brizendine, M.D., offers the physiological evidence for what we've always known: men and women are different. (No big surprise there!) Brizendine, who has extensively studied gender brain differences, explains that the unique structure of the female and male brain determines how each gender thinks, what they value, and how they communicate.

She argues that the differences between men's and women's brains explain the considerable differences in how they operate in the workplace -- how they lead, communicate, act, react, problem solve, make decisions and work together. Different brains drive different behaviors, which lead to different outcomes. Men tend to be more competitive, evidence based, results oriented and present-focused. Women, on the other hand, tend to be more collaborative, intuitive, empathetic and future-focused, her book claims. Certainly, both men and women can and do possess the traits of both genders, but because of their brain structure, each gender is geared toward natural tendencies.

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