Are You Leading with Your Entire Brain?

Time to explore another very interesting distinction between anabolic and catabolic leaders—the way each type of leader thinks. This is perhaps one of the most complicated, but essential, aspects of understanding the fundamental difference between the two types of leaders.

Catabolic leaders use left brain analysis almost exclusively. This type of thinking is linear and rational. It’s the logical approach and considers only facts and actual observations.

In contrast, anabolic leaders use whole brain thinking, which encompasses the emotions and intuition of the right brain along with the logic of the left brain. This type of thinking is called holographic thinking because like multi-dimensional holograms, it involves being able to see situations and potentialities from many different perspectives at once.

By using their emotional and intuitive minds in addition to left brain logical analysis, anabolic leaders are able to assess a situation in its entirety to discern a complete picture of what is really going on. The ability to see this “meta-view” is key to making optimal short- and long-term decisions that provide the greatest possibility for success in every aspect of life.

Are You Leading with Your Entire Brain?

So how would this actually play out in real life? Say a leader was faced with a decision about whether to pull the plug on a project that wasn’t producing the expected income. The catabolic leader would look only at the facts and figures and, most likely, would decide to discontinue the project because the money wasn’t coming in.

An anabolic leader would also consider the facts and figures concerning the disappointing return on investment, but would then cast a wider net to weigh other considerations. Anabolic leaders would also examine their intuitive response and flashes of insight. And they’d consider emotional responses—their own and those of other affected parties.

Though the anabolic leaders might sometimes come to the same conclusions as the catabolic leaders, the reliability of their decisions in producing the best outcomes will be far better.

By using a holographic approach, anabolic leaders are being both efficient and effective by addressing opportunities and challenges from many perspectives at once. To practice thinking holographically, consider your potential action in light of what makes sense, what your emotional response to it is and what your intuition tells you. If this is a new approach, it may feel intangible and awkward at first. But if you stick with it, eventually it will become the new normal that increases your success rate exponentially.

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As a coach, author, speaker, singer, artist, consultant, radio host, Reiki Master and EFT/tapping practitioner, I share hope, possibilities and empowerment with the world. What's love got to do with minimizing stress and getting unstuck? Everything! My book, "Choose Your Energy: Change Your Life!" (Hay House/Balboa Press 2013) shares my story and the stories of 10 of my clients along with my signature Discovery Framework. During my 30 years as an organization transformation consultant, I served as a senior partner in four of the world's largest, most prestigious global professional services firms. In 2005, I took a five-year sabbatical to find healing and peace because non-stop work had taken its toll. My recovery from burnout, including a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from 10 years of debilitating depression, led to finding my purpose guiding others on their journeys. Through healing and self-exploration, I discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming your personal life, your work and the world. With attention and intention, I learned to live in alignment with love through a wealth of energy-shifting tools and techniques that help me reduce stress, anxiety and overwhelm by releasing limiting beliefs, emotions and habits. My books, blog, radio show and signature coaching programs help individuals and organizations harness the transformative energy of love to turn unexplored possibilities into fulfilling realities and step into their greatness. To learn more about my work in the world, visit djwlifecoach.com. Subscribe to my blog at tiny.cc/djwblog. Listen to my radio show at tiny.cc/djwradio. View my author video and book trailer at tiny.cc/djwauthorvideo and tiny.cc/djwbooktrailer. Access 40+ tapping resources at tiny.cc/djwtaps. Send email to deborah@djwlifecoach.com. For fun, I love singing, reading, sewing, knitting and movies. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia with my husband, Wilson, and the three coaching cats who manage my life—SiddhaLee, Mortimer and Maisy Jane.
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