Monday, January 21, 2013

What makes someone a leader? #inauguration

Today, two leaders are being recognized: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obama.

There are a number of factors within ones mind that makes them a leader instead of a follower. One of those is the Limbic System (in green in the drawing). It is something within all of us that stores our memory. Recalling relevant experiences is very important for a leader so they can then make a preferred course of action based on prior learnings. That decision making process happens in the Pre/Neo Frontal Cortex (the orange region in the drawing). 

Another important characteristic within a leader is the concern for others. Our Limbic System is also our emotional control center. It's not only families or loved ones that a leader is concerned about. It is also their constituents or key stakeholders. Decisions they make are meant to be in the best interests of those they work with.

These areas of the brain are more dense and active with learned knowledge.

What are some leaders that you look up to? Do you consider yourself a leader or a follower?

Michelle Hunter
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