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Why Meditation Is An Essential Tool In Our Leadership Performance

August 29, 2017 Silvia Damiano

Enhancing human performance is increasingly important as we adapt to new business models and market conditions. Yet many are still skeptical at the idea of meditation as a high performance tool. It is time to rethink. Neuroscience is now proving the link between the ancient practice of meditation and enhanced performance, creativity and leadership abilities.


calming your mental noise

My interview with Dr. Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at the Maharishi University of Management in Iowa was extraordinary. I have practised meditation for many years. Listening to Dr. Travis gave me a far deeper appreciation of how leaders can and must embrace their potential. We can now prove that meditation increases brain function and significantly improves our ability to manage our constant stream of thoughts.

Everything we think and do creates ‘mental noise’. Knowing how to calm this is vital to manage both our wellbeing and effectiveness. Dr. Travis has investigated many meditation techniques, particularly Transcendental Meditation. He explained that each type of meditation is associated with different brain-wave patterns. In turn, each has different effects on our brains.

From a leadership perspective, the results of consistent and effective meditation are profound. It can lead to better physical health and more efficient cognitive functioning - the high level of calm thinking that leaders need to consistently perform at their best.

Meditation also enhances our creativity and self-actualisation. It helps us to form better interpersonal relationships and to reach a balanced and happier state of mind. In our VUCA world, leaders who can achieve and work from this mental place are likely to be more successful for longer.

Being able to discuss these findings and have my own brain waves measured during meditation at the University’s lab was deeply moving. It made me realise how much we can boost our performance by devoting just 20 minutes each day to improving our brain state.

Are leaders born or are they made? I think the answer is that both are true.”

Dr. Fred Travis

I asked Dr. Travis to share his views on leadership. Are leaders born or are they made? He believes that both cases are true. Some people are born leaders, but all of us can become leaders if we want. Techniques like meditation strengthen an already strong, nimble mind. It can also teach us how to use our mind in different ways to better prepare us to make effective decisions, become resilient and more influential.



My interview with Dr. Fred Travis will be featured in our 2018 documentary!

While we roll-up our sleeves to finish this production, we will be celebrating the launch of the Make Me A Leader’ movie trailer with a fascinating 2-hour one-off event, kindly sponsored by our friends at Cochlear. 

Dr. Fred Travis - Neuroplasticity and consciousness- Make Me A Leader Trailer Launch

Joining us virtually via a live feed at our ‘Make Me A Leader’ Trailer Launch will be Dr. Fred Travis, Director of the Centre for Brain, Consciousness & Cognition at Maharishi University in Iowa, USA.

Friday October 27th, 2017
12:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Cochlear Headquarters, Sydney

This is a one-off event. Don’t miss out!

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Silvia Damiano

Silvia Damiano

Scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, award-winning leadership specialist and filmmaker. Silvia is the Founder & CEO of the About my Brain Institute, author of ‘Leadership is Upside Down’, creator of the i4 Neuroleader Model & Methodology and Writer/Director/Producer of the 2018 documentary ‘Make me a Leader’.

Silvia is passionate about leaving a legacy of well-rounded leaders who can act and decide in a way that better serves humanity. Her clients include Microsoft, ASX, NSW Government, VISA, Fuji Xerox, Manpower amongst many other global companies.