Thursday’s issue of The Wall Street Journal includes an interesting article entitled “This Is Your Brain on the Job” by Phred Dvorak and Jaclyne Badal. It reports on the efforts of an Arizona State University management professor, Pierre Balthazard, and a neuroscientist and EEG expert, Robert Thatcher, to map the brain activity of visionary leaders. They hope to use the data to train others in leadership skills:
Mr. Thatcher says preliminary analysis of 50 brain maps shows some big differences in activity between managers who rate high on a psychological test of visionary leadership, and those who rate low. The visionary leaders had more efficient left brains, which deal with logic and reasoning, and better connected right brains, which are responsible for social skills.
Maybe, the phrase “to think like a lawyer” will soon have its visual representation as well. What do you think?