We’ve known for some time that leaders require higher levels of emotional intelligence as they pursue career advancement. There’s now accumulating evidence that cognitive fitness is becoming a focal area for high-achieving leaders.
Until recently, busy executives could find few guidelines for increasing mental fitness on the job. There are thousands of books about the brain’s function, but only a handful focus on how leaders can harness its powers.
Neuroscientists began to understand the brain’s intricacies after conducting imaging techniques in the 1990s. But how can the concept of “brain fitness” be applied in real time, to real people, in real organizations? What types of brain exercises or mental pushups can we do to stave off the loss of memory and analytic acuity that accompany normal aging?
Socrates, Copernicus and Galileo continued to stretch their intellectual muscles well into their 60s and 70s. So have modern thought leaders like Alan Greenspan, Warren Buffet, and Sumner Redstone.
As more of us remain in the labor force past age 65, either by choice or necessity, what can we do to boost our leadership brain power?
This article explores 11 ways leaders can expand their cognitive fitness on-the-job to sustain leadership competitive advantage.
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- A New Way of Thinking
- On-the-Job Brain Fitness
- 11 Ways to Expand Your Brain
- A Sustainable Competitive Advantage
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