The Final Frontier
Developing mental resilience to offset today’s increasingly stressful work environment will be the focus of the Neuroscientist in Residence at Corinthia Hotel London from November 2016.
Working with Corinthia Hotel London, Dr Tara Swart is the only top-tier leadership coach with both a PhD in neuroscience and a medical career as a psychiatrist, combining a career as a neuroscientist, leadership coach, award-winning author and medical doctor.
The findings of the one-year-long tenure – the first in any hotel around the world - will generate insights that focus on how an integrated approach into resilience, as well as a better understanding on brain performance, can help maximise our potential, both at work and home.
Ensuring optimum physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health increases our ability to cope with change, learn new behaviours and skills and maintain a positive outlook. These characteristics are recognised as fundamental factors towards corporate wellbeing and success and, moreover, help leaders to adopt better leadership skills such as engaging and motivating others.
Neuroscience for leaders and businesses
Considered the final frontier of study in the human body, neuroscientists study the science behind how the brain impacts behaviour and cognitive function.
Most people get paid to use their brains, but do not fully understand how it works or how to optimise its performance. Before brain scans, psychology was primarily used in the science of leadership and is still at the forefront of most coaching practices today. However, the advent of brain scanning has made it possible to gather empirical evidence on how the brain functions.
Crucially, the adult brain remains plastic, or changeable. When applied to business, neuroscience can help achieve peak brain performance, allowing individuals and teams to get a competitive edge by understanding and improving the physical condition of their brains. This encourages positive leadership and best practice, adding value to all areas of the workplace and workforce, not least in reducing absenteeism which represents a huge cost to employers. Companies investing in resilience programmes report benefits including reduced stress, improved work satisfaction and increased productivity.
The Benefits of Mental Resilience
Mental resilience is the ability to rebound from unexpected setbacks, adapt to change and keep stress levels under control. Mental resilience is achieved by paying attention to the brain-body connection, learning how brains can be trained, habits adapted, and through this maximising our potential, both at home and at work.