In the ever-evolving landscape of leadership and business success, one word resonates more profoundly than ever—creativity. The winds of change have swept away the antiquated models of scientific management and mechanistic thinking, ushering in an era that demands a fresh perspective. As Einstein and Susan Powter remind us, we must explore new models, delve into creative ways of leading people, and revolutionize the way we do business.
The Historical Focus on Left-Brain Development
For decades, our educational systems and business frameworks have predominantly cultivated the left hemisphere of the brain. This logical, linear, and sequential thinking was the cornerstone of traditional learning and development, even continuing into higher education. While a nod may have been given to the soft skills of leadership, it’s only recently that we’ve recognized the profound need to teach these skills to our future leaders.
The Rise of Soft Skills in Leadership
Organizations have awakened to the necessity of soft skills in leadership development programs. These soft skills encompass connecting with people, motivating teams, inspiring followers, creative thinking, innovation, quick decision-making, and big-picture vision. Each of these skills requires the engagement of the right hemisphere of the brain, the domain of simultaneous, contextual, and synthesizing thinking.
The Right Brain’s Role in Today’s Fast-Paced World
In our current fast-paced world, the ability to think quickly necessitates the engagement of right-hemisphere functions. The right hemisphere, controlling the left side of the body, specializes in context, synthesizes the big picture, and operates simultaneously.
Developing these right-brain functions is not a dismissal of the value of the left-brain; rather, it is a call to focus our attention on the often-underutilized aspects of our cognitive abilities.
Lateral Thinking: Breaking Boundaries and Igniting Innovation
At the heart of right brain thinking lies lateral thinking—a process that seeks creative and innovative ways of viewing the world. It is unbounded by constraints and challenges us to move beyond limited beliefs. Embracing right-brain thinking means embracing expansiveness and unlimited possibilities. It is an invitation to break free from the shackles of conventional thought and venture into a realm of abundance thinking.
Are You Ready for the Shift?
As we stand at the precipice of this transformative shift, the question beckons:
Are you ready?
The call to develop and reconnect with the processes of the right brain is not just a paradigm shift; it’s a call to leadership evolution. It’s an acknowledgment that the holistic development of our cognitive abilities involves tapping into the wellspring of creativity, innovation, and lateral thinking.
In a world that demands agility, adaptability, and visionary leadership, the right brain emerges as the unsung hero. So, let us embark on this journey of unleashing right-brain leadership—navigating the creative frontier with courage, curiosity, and a commitment to shaping a future where innovation thrives and possibilities abound.
Are you ready for the shift?
Maria is a local government and corporate alum with Fortune 500 experience, and academia adventures that constitute a treasure trove of colorful experiences over 20 years. With a doctorate of management in organizational leadership, Maria works with local governments to create workplaces that attract and retain the best talent. Yes, she is the author of Love-Based Leadership: The Model for Leading with Strength, Grace, and Authenticity – and no, it is not a book about Kumbaya, puppies, kittens, or rainbows. Her latest book, A Course in Leadership: 21 Spiritual Lessons on Power, Love, and Influence was released in June 2021. Maria is a classic rock and Motown junkie who hopes to learn drums from Keith Moon and Benny Benjamin in Rock-N-Roll Heaven.