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I am one of those people who has always chosen the road less traveled. I always wondered why because I know this type of road is not generally the easiest. I think I understand the answer now. By choosing the less traveled road, I came to realise that the obstacles I found along the way were there to make me stronger. When we become stronger, we are able to achieve the most impossible dreams.
The ‘’ documentary initially seemed like an impossible dream in my head. But these types of dreams or ideas are ONLY the beginning of a process. Ideas BECOME a reality when you have the commitment of a team. A team made of young creatives, who don’t work in Hollywood and are YET to win an award at a film festival.
I will be eternally grateful to this amazing team who believed they could do it. I also thank all the cast who contributed with their time and wisdom: experts in business, leadership, scientists and colleagues willing to share their stories and perspectives.
On July 25th 2018, we privately screened our documentary for the first time in Sydney at the Chauvel Cinema. Our online launch followed shortly after on July 26th. We have put together a showreel which features photographs from the night, as well as the heart warming speeches from Kim Ellis, Executive Director of the Botanical Gardens and Centennial Parklands and David McCubbin, Logie Winning Actor.
Expecting people in leadership positions to solve all the challenges we face in the world today is largely futile. We firmly believe that expanding our leadership abilities is critical in this new era - no matter who you are.
When most of us think about being a leader, we think of the greatest leaders in history, people in business or politics making decisions that impact the lives of thousands, or even millions of people. sheds new light on what leadership truly means, and it suggests a mindset based on science, providing strategies that can be used by anyone who wants to develop their own leadership.
I have worked in this field for 20 years teaching people how to expand their leadership potential. In 2016, I decided to travel around the world with cinematographer Simon Martin to collate the most current research on how we can build the human behind the leader.
During the next 24 months, we filmed 28 different experts across 4 continents with the idea of encouraging everyone to embrace their own leadership to successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities the Imagination Age presents.
Leadership is something that pertains to everyone, no matter our role in life. We all need to interact with people, communicate well, solve conflicts and understand how to work with others to achieve what would be impossible to accomplish on our own.
This film can make a difference because it will help viewers think of ‘leadership’ in a new way—to realise that leadership begins with ourselves and that we have the power to change what may not be working for us. can be seen by anyone who believes leadership is important. Whoever watches it will be able to learn new strategies based on science that will help them enhance their abilities to remain balanced and engaged, not only at work but in life.
The documentary became available for purchase online on July 26th, 2018. We have chosen to distribute the film in this way to make it accessible around the world. Our societies desperately need compassionate leaders with healthier mindsets.
Make Me A Leader aims to help redefine what good leadership could look like and to also develop our upcoming leaders. With this in mind, we have produced the following pieces to educate and create more mindful individuals that can gracefully step into leadership roles.
Through the personal stories of 4 individuals, along with 7 leadership strategies explained by various experts & scientists, the film covers the following topics:
Together with the film, we have made available a collection of 16 in-depth interviews. With over 10 hours worth of educational video content, you will get to hear more from some of the experts who participated in the movie. This online program can be used as a learning resource individually or within organisations to train leaders and their teams.
We have also produced a free 88 page inspirational and informative e-book based on the ‘7 Well-Being Strategies for Optimal Brain & Body Performance’ that are featured in the documentary. Check it out by accessing our movie teaser.
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.