What are the secrets to great leadership? Are leaders born, made or both? How can we use the knowledge emerging from the fields of neuroscience and well-being to enhance leadership performance? The upcoming documentary, Make Me A Leader, answers these questions (and more!) while opening a dialogue about how we can apply the latest findings to develop the leaders of the Imagination Age.

I’d like to share something that has been close to my heart for the past 22 months. An idea that started so small and simply has grown into a creation that I am bursting with excitement to share with the world. A documentary that I’ve been working on about leadership is soon to become a reality. I am proud to present, ‘Make Me A Leader’!

As we all know, great leadership is of critical importance to the world we are living in. Whether you are an entrepreneur, a CEO, a political leader or anyone, actually, leadership can be learnt and developed, independently of what position we occupy in life. In fact, it must be learnt and developed!

Our societies and organisations need quality leaders more than ever.

In partnership with film maker and great travel companion, Simon Martin, we decided to embark on this extraordinary journey and explore in great depth what it takes to be a leader and why we should all embrace our own leadership.

Linking Leadership With Brain Science

We traveled the globe talking to many types of leaders, but we also wanted to understand the brains of leaders, and how they work. With this aim in mind, we visited neuroscientists and experts who know the secrets to world-class leadership.

This documentary is the natural by-product of the concepts shared in my book, Leadership is Upside Down, and my 2014 TEDx talk in Sydney, Australia.

As I share in my talk, I am a firm believer that we don’t have to become like Nelson Mandela to lead. As much as we may admire him, we simply cannot be someone else!

We can only be ourselves and aim to be the highest expression of who we already are.

Sometimes it is about becoming more self-aware, or perhaps it is about making more ethical decisions, or even learning how to become more inspirational. 

Whatever it is you want to learn or improve is enough to start making a difference in the lives of those around you. Working to improve ourselves and our brains may motivate others to do the same.

This project has, needless to say, been a large undertaking. This film seeks to answer how you can become a more creative, inspirational and effective leader. 

You will find the answers to some of these questions:

  • Are leaders born, made or both?
  • What does the brain of a great leader look like?
  • What can you do each day to enhance your leadership abilities?

Article updated on Novemeber 1st, 2017 

Originally posted on: 15 August 2017
Last updated on: 12 April 2024

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Silvia Damiano

Silvia Damiano

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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.

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