Effective Leadership in the Workplace

In an increasingly complex and crisis-filled world, it takes strong and highly effective leadership to drive workplaces forward. A great leader who influences action and direction allows your workplace to run more smoothly, prevent potential crises, and even grow productivity and profit in the face of unprecedented times. Learn how to create effective leadership in your workplace with the NeuroLeadership Institute.

What Does Effective Leadership Look Like?

Successful leadership in the modern age requires cultivating leaders who can create a workplace that responds well to change. A leader must provide both solace and guidance in turbulent times and help their workforce prepare to navigate the challenges ahead. Characteristics of effective leadership include the ability to: 

  • Influence others.
  • Act quickly and decisively to make a well-informed decision.
  • Approach challenges from multiple perspectives.
  • Anticipate challenges and trends.
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3 Essential Priorities for Effective Leaders

Teams employ various types of leadership styles, but being an effective leader requires the ability to juggle multiple priorities, including: 

  • Future: Distance bias keeps people neurologically fixated on the short term and makes it difficult to think about the future. Excellent leadership requires the ability to minimize distance bias and offer great insight into where your organization is headed. Effective leaders prize clarity over certainty and can stay agile when change inevitably comes. 
  • People: Capable leadership must create inclusive teams and foster a team over diverse thinkers. While leading requires an attentive focus on vision and goals, effective leadership manages to drive change forward while paying careful attention to other perspectives. Considering fellow employees creates influential leaders who empower workers to speak up and alert leaders to overlooked obstacles. 
  • Execution: Psychologists refer to the gap between wanting to do something and following through on it as the “knowing-doing gap.” While leaders may generate a slew of phenomenal ideas, an effective leader knows how to turn those ideas into actionable plans. By focusing on priorities, habits, and systems, leaders can improve their execution skills.

The Importance of Leadership During Uncertainty

During times of uncertainty, it’s vital that leaders rule with a strategy that prioritizes adaptability and growth. 


Fostering a culture of continuous learning helps employees cultivate new skills and capabilities.


 Inspire innovation by allowing and incentivizing exploration, risk-taking, and creating new solutions to challenges.


Provide employees frequent — but digestible  feedback on how to improve their work to foster a culture of guidance and support..


Ensuring that your employees feel included is necessary to their growth, so it’s essential to cultivate your leaders’ and employees’ mindsets to develop inclusive workplace habits.

Amidst the shift to hybrid work, teams must adopt effective leadership skills, including the following principles:

  • Take care of yourself.
  • Look after each other.
  • Deliver what matters.

Develop Leadership Principles With NLI

At the NeuroLeadership Institute, our FOCUS program helps leaders learn to navigate their work through a crisis. FOCUS helps you stay focused and productive with the following principles:

  • Resilience: Teach your employees to manage stress in real-time.
  • Productivity: Navigate challenges without them compromising performance.
  • Relatedness: Improve social connectivity and increase empathy.
  • Increased Certainty: Promote control and clarity in times of uncertainty.

Reach out today to learn how the NeuroLeadership Institute can help you become a more effective leader.

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