How leaders change brains and win hearts | Fiona Kerr | TEDx Adelaide

Leaders change brains, for better or worse. Good leaders have brains that light up differently when engaging teams, connecting in ways that not only grow trust and empathy, but increase capacity for long-lens, complex problem solving and collaborative creativity.

Good leaders are empathically connected. They have a clear purpose, strong values and pragmatic optimism. These qualities align people and help them to navigate an ambiguous future. Dr Fiona Kerr is on a mission to change the way we think about how we think.

Fiona interprets the science behind why human connection matters, and how it changes our brains, hearts and the decisions we make. Fiona’s work in leadership combines more than 30 years of professional experience, many spent researching the seemingly disparate yet highly interwoven areas of cognitive neuroscience, systems engineering and anthropology. Fiona is a regular guest on radio, TV and is currently completing a book on building a human-centric future.

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