The Neuroscience of Leadership Development: preparing through experience

This research, conducted in association with the University of Reading, explored the body’s physiological and neurological responses to experiential learning with the aim of understanding why such methods are so effective in preparing leaders for the challenges of leadership.

By monitoring changes in heart rate for participants on our programme 'The Leadership Experience' and assessing their later perceived learning, the research found that experiential simulations do indeed mimic the stress of leadership and result in learning that lasts. The research suggests that leaders may benefit from incorporating an element of stretch and challenge into their everyday work, and provides sound neurological data for leadership development professionals to support the development of high impact executive education programmes.

Download the executive summary.

For a copy of the full report, please contact the research office.