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Be Adventurous and Become A Better Leader

March 15, 2018 Silvia Damiano

The word ‘adventure’ means different things to different people. For some, they imagine skydiving or climbing mountains or racing a supercar. For others, it means taking a different route to work. Leadership skills need fresh ideas to continually improve and evolve, and a little adventure can give anyone a kick start.


Do you want to explore the beautiful world
around you?

It takes courage to step out of your comfort zone. We tend to become settled in our routines, and we don’t really want to deviate from our norms. But your leadership skills will also ‘settle,' with this kind of attitude. If you're going to remain relevant in this Imagination Age, settling isn’t going to work.

The things you experience in your life help determine how well you can cope with stressful conditions. Neuroscience has shown us that positive experiences, or those that give you increased social, physical, cognitive and sensory stimulation, can overcome the negatives of stress. Fortunately, fear memory, or the memory of bad experiences, can be altered by diverting the flow of information coming from the amygdala in the brain (Hegde, 2017).

It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves—in finding themselves. 

Andre Gide

Take a moment to think about your life. What is something that you have ALWAYS wanted to do? Is it learning an instrument, hiking a tough trail, exploring Rome? Whatever your heart desires. This is the adventure that you need.

As a leader, you want to inspire people to find the passion within themselves. Our global economy requires a level of collaboration that was simply unimaginable a hundred years ago, or even thirty years ago. You have to first overcome your own FEAR response that occurs in your brain (FEAR means False Evidence Appearing Real). Science has shown us that it is possible to recognise the false threats that bombard us constantly.

Change your response from fight or flight
to adventure

If not today, then when? To say that you will get around to something so important to you ‘someday' means that you will likely never get to it. If financial issues are a concern, then start small. There are home-grown adventures out there, just waiting to be found. Whether it’s trying a new park or museum or restaurant, or even finding a group of new people to explore your area with, you can begin an adventure without spending anything at all.

The most significant hurdle you can say is probably the time. But your time is the most valuable thing you have, and do you not deserve some of this time for yourself?

Give yourself the courage to find something new

The i4 Neuroleader Model can ensure that your leadership skills are up to par with this hectic, fast-paced, electronic world. You can find the courage to embrace this adventure that we all call life. Recondition your brain to alert you only when there are actual dangers, and not imaginary, perceived risks. The adventures are out there—so what are you waiting for?

Free your Courage  Ever wondered how to tap into the strength of the courage within? New advances  from different scientific fields are helping us better understand how our  brains and bodies function and the incredible impact they have on the way we  lead.  Learn how our i4 Neuroleader Program can help develop your personal leadership. Download Program Guide

Hegde, P., O’Mara, S., Laxmi, T. R. (2017). Extinction of Contextual Fear with Timed Exposure to Enriched Environment: A Differential Effect. Annals of Neurosciences, 24(2), 90–104.

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, creator of the i4 Neuroleader Model & Methodology, author of ‘Leadership is Upside Down’ and director 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, Australian Stock Exchange, NSW Government, VISA, Fuji Xerox and Manpower amongst many other global companies.

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