How Teamwork Changes Our Brains

Teamwork enables us to operate at our best.

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In this backstage interview from Leadercast Live 2019, communication pathologist and cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Leaf, explains why teamwork is essential for people to perform at their best. 

“When we're in deep meaningful connected relationships, we activate a lot of resilience on the inside of us,” says Caroline. “Our brain changes. We operate with more wisdom, we have different genetic switches switching on in our brain that influences how we are able to deal with stuff. So teamwork is a way of building deep, meaningful connections and resilience inside of each other so that we can actually be more connected to wisdom.”

Watch the video to learn why building deep, meaningful connections is key to increasing performance and establishing a culture of authenticity and collaboration.

TAKEAWAYS
- Teamwork physically makes our brains healthier.
- Healthy teams become feedback loops of wisdom.
- Authentic leaders set the stage for our brains to flourish.

We all are at our best within a team, so what we see from the brain science of neuroscience, and also just from basic psychological science, and then also quantum physics, all these sciences combined show that when we're in deep meaningful connected relationships, we activate a lot of resilience on the inside of us. Our brain changes. We operate with more wisdom, we have different genetic switches switching on in our brain that influences how we are able to deal with stuff.

So teamwork is a way of building deep, meaningful connections and resilience inside of each other so that we can actually be more connected to wisdom. So definitely, that working in isolation is one of the worst things. Being connected that you're disconnected, it causes damage to the brain and the body. So teamwork, by really attempting to listen to the person—notice, listen, connect, work together—it transforms the functioning of the brain, which then feeds back into the mind, and you just have so much more… You set up this wisdom feedback loop, literally.

So there's something that you can do that no one else can do. So it's vitally important that you find what that youness is and then release that. As you come together, as each of you operate in your own uniqueness, you enhance each other. And in that way, the leader can then... has got buy-in to say, "OK, this is how I envisage this concept running, this project running, this office running, this company running. This is my vision and this is how I see it. What is your perception?" And then you will have this very authentic... the leader's leading, they've set the culture, but it's come from a very authentic place, and the brain is then functioning at a much higher level and people can tune into each other. Authenticity allows tuning in, and as soon as people tune into each other, then they have the permission to be very authentic, and in that way it becomes collaborative. A collaborative culture building in a direction. Because you've always got to have a direction that we're going in.
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Dr. Caroline Leaf

Caroline holds a master’s and a Ph.D. in communication pathology and a bachelor’s in logopaedics, specializing in cognitive and metacognitive neuropsychology. Since the early 1980s, Caroline has researched the mind-brain connection, t...

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