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As I receive all kinds of newsletters with webinar offers and strategies of how to remain calm and work remotely during the COVID-19 Pandemic (thanks to everyone who is helping with their knowledge), I thought it would be a good idea to contribute by making our 2018 award-winning documentary available online for anyone to watch on demand, for free (film below).
Make Me A Leader was put together with the intention of helping all of us understand how important it is to develop our own leadership.
Leaders are now currently facing highly complex situations and are required to lead (and follow) in an uncertain and volatile world. It is important that we come together in these times. We must develop a new mindset for the future if we want to solve our global problems, continue to progress and create a better society.
Prior to releasing our film, in 2014 I launched the book ‘Leadership is Upside Down’ to encourage leaders to think differently about how they lead themselves, their teams and organisations. I never imagined as I was writing the book that we would so desperately be needing great leaders to help us navigate this pandemic.
As I bump into Harari’s post on imagining life after COVID-19, I could not be more certain that leadership is the most important skill anyone can develop.
And I mean, anyone!
This includes developing our brain/mind to alter the behaviours and mindsets which inhibit us from progressing and creating a better society. When I say leadership, this is not about ‘how to occupy a leadership position’ (even though people in leadership positions should possess solid leadership skills).
Without developing personally, we can very easily get into the competition / blame / victim / poor decision making we are seeing in some countries at the moment. We see this not only in leaders but in the people who are unable to understand that their actions are affecting others.
We realise in these moments how critical it is to have great leaders who can positively influence their followers. We understand how important it is for followers to distinguish what’s right from wrong and to develop a team spirit, supporting the survival of a system rather than individual needs or desires. Team spirit means we empathise and help others before thinking of how we benefit first.
If we end up in the hospital, we want to be cared for by people with compassion who are willing to risk their lives to save others. Nobody wants to be cared for by people who do not value human life or who are selfish.
We need to look at this crisis as an opportunity to lift the game, to develop ourselves personally and spiritually.
In my view, this crisis is helping us (amongst many other things):
The moment is now. We should take this opportunity to assess our leadership abilities and how we think about the world.
Take care of yourselves and enjoy the ‘Make Me A Leader’ Documentary.
Silvia Damiano & the About my Brain Institute Team
This film can now be screened/shared for free to any type of audience, shown in any organisation and used as part of an online training program for staff or students. It is also available with the following captions: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese and Chinese (Simplified). You can share the link or embed the film using our Facebook or YouTube players.
Founder & CEO
About my Brain Institute
Scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, award-winning leadership specialist, filmmaker and creator of the i4 Neuroleader Model & Methodology.
Silvia's scientific background and curiosity about the human brain led her to a decade long journey of research into optimal brain functioning and the application of neuroscience in leadership and daily life. Her past and current roles have uniquely prepared her for the current undertaking, that of leadership activist & change agent.
Silvia Damiano founded The About my Brain Institute in 2009, with the purpose of democratising leadership & neuroscience. She has a passionately held belief, that leaders in our 21st century global economy and their organisations must radically change long-held ideas of what constitutes effective leadership
In her ground-breaking books ‘Leadership is Upside Down’, ‘Brain-Friendly Leadership’ and the 2018 documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’, Silvia provides both compelling evidence and explores the importance of leadership in our personal and professional lives and what it takes to develop the human behind the leader.
Silvia has worked in different countries, across many industries, helping teams and organisations improve business performance. Silvia’s clients have described her as a passionate, dynamic, a highly experienced speaker and master facilitator on the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Change, Neuroleadership & Engagement.
Silvia is passionate about leaving a legacy of well-rounded leaders who can act and decide in a way that better serves humanity. Her clients include Microsoft, Australian Stock Exchange, NSW Government, VISA, Fuji Xerox and Manpower amongst many other global companies.