International research and expertise in the neuroscience of leadership are set to come to South African and the African continent.
The discipline of NeuroLeadership, based on American and Australian research and know-how, is geared towards helping individuals and organisations to fulfil their potential through a better understanding how the human brain functions at individual, team and systemic levels.
This expertise will now be brought to South Africa for the first time through the joining of forces of USB Executive Development (USB-ED), the public executive development and training company of the University of Stellenbosch Business School, and The NeuroLeadership Group SA
, the African division of an internationally acclaimed Australian consulting company. Most of the research on neuroleadership is done in America.
The NeuroLeadership Group
SA CEO, Mary-Joe Emde
, said that South Africa have some skilful scientists locally and overseas in this field of study. The aim is also to bring this knowledge especially to Africa.
In collaboration with the NeuroLeadership Institute, a non-profit organization, USB-ED and The NeuroLeadership Group
will next year be offering the first Certificate in Neuroleadership in South Africa
. This will be supplemented by a commercial partnership between the two executive development companies to introduce the neuroleadership discipline to leaders of organisations and to make accessible.
The neuroleadership material is packaged it in such a way that an organisation can implement it effectively and with ease.
There are four domains of focus that are explored by the neuroscience:
- Decision making and problem solving
- Staying cool under pressure
- Collaborating with others
- Facilitating change
According to USB-ED CEO, Frik Landman, Neuroleadership is an emerging field of study, through which neuroscientific knowledge is brought into the areas of leadership development, management training, change management, consulting and coaching.
The partnership consists of The NeuroLeadership Group
providing all the tools and information to USB-ED NeuroLeadership programmes and USB-ED the expertise in the business school environment.
The new NeuroLeadership programme
takes place against the background of USB-ED’s 10th anniversary this year, which was marked by a number of achievements. One of the achievements was that USB-ED was the only executive education provider in Africa to be ranked one of the top 50 schools in the world by the recent Financial Times Executive Education 2011 World Ranking.
The first study school in NeuroLeadership
will take place in April 2012 and the second in June 2012.
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