4 Reasons to Lead with your Whole Brain

Are you using your entire brain to lead? I think Whole Brain® Thinking, developed by the folks at Herrmann International, is a powerful model for helping you become a better leader. There are four areas where a Whole Brain approach can help you lead yourself, your people and your organization at a higher level. It can help you:

1. Know yourself better. Your thinking preferences filter the way you see the world and, hence, how you solve problems, make decisions and communicate. Without acknowledging that you have a proclivity to process information in a certain way, you’ll have a hard time recognizing your own blind spots and understanding other points of view. Exceptional leaders know themselves – their strengths and weaknesses, their capabilities and limitations.

2. Know your people better. If you understand how your people prefer to think – the thinking styles that come naturally to them – then you can lead them better. You can craft targeted messages and deliver them in a way that makes it easy for them to understand and believe. You’ll also have a better idea of what motivates them so that you can create alignment, build buy-in, and generate solutions that meet the needs of both your people and your organization.

3. Build better teams. Armed with an understanding of everyone’s unique style of thinking, you can build mentally diverse teams, help them understand one another, and build trust. Then you can focus each person on tasks that they’re most suited for – tasks that they’ll enjoy, be successful at, and find purposeful.

4. Create better solutions. Approaching problems, projects, and programs from a Whole Brain® perspective allows you to generate more thorough and well-rounded solutions. It stretches your thinking to find ideas you wouldn’t naturally see. It keeps you from missing key perspectives. You’ll come up with ideas that address the big picture without overlooking crucial details and you’ll find rational answers that take care of people while taking care of business.

How are you leveraging your thinking preferences as a leader?

5 thoughts on “4 Reasons to Lead with your Whole Brain”

  1. this is pretty cool stuff, this HDBI. i remember taking it. it was right on the money and allowed me to understand not only my own thinking better, but how MY thought processes can work with and conflict with other people’s ways of thinking…

  2. I had the same experience. I learned about myself from some of the other assessments I’ve taken, but after the HBDI I felt more empowered about who I am and why I tend to think, behave, and interact the way I do. I was also able to immediately put it into practice with others.

  3. I know from personal experience that I get stuck on #1 a lot. Thankfully I have a very wise wife who helps point out that I’m not always as smart as I think. I think I do a very good job and 2, 3 and 4 but #1 is a constant struggle.

    I know that, knowing myself, looking at my actions objectively, is pretty hard, because sometimes I might not like what I see.


  4. Wives are handy for pointing out that we’re not as smart as we think we are, huh. I’m so thankful for Sarah helping me out on that one.

    I agree that #1 is a tough one – and one that I don’t think we ever completely get a hold of. There’s always more to discover about yourself. If you ever think you’ve mastered that one – that’s when I’d start to worry ;)

    Thanks, Matt, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

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