Understanding the Science Behind Leadership Personality

From an historical perspective, leadership has always been balanced between the twin pillars of art and science, whether in the world leader military example, such as Genghis Khan, an exponent of innovative tactics, motivation and control; or in the creative territory of Leonardo Da Vinci, an artist (and a scientist) who used the science of art to full effect, whether colour theory, brush stroke techniques and materials. Both achieved greatness in different ways. Both used right brain science logic and rationale and left brain empathetic reasoning and creativity. Both used theories and hypotheses to transform a vision and ideas into reality, through a combination of head, heart and hand coming together. Another amazing example is the building of the great Pyramids, a marvel of science but surely also art? 

Just consider the creation of photography by the British scientist and inventor Fox Talbot in the 1830’s. A scientific achievement which is brought vividly to life by artistic photographic skills, such as the landscape scenes of the great photographer Ansel Adams. Without such photographic artists and their insight and intuition, the power and potential of photography would not be transformed into the stunning images of such beautiful landscapes.   

The science of leadership is no different. Whilst science and art are natural partners, both are driven by human personality characteristics. An understanding of the science of leadership personality can help leaders make the right behavioural choices to best engage, motivate and coach their people. We work with leaders to enable them to do just that. Our Accelerating Leadership and Growth product is grounded in the science of leadership personality and provides top teams with the awareness, knowledge and understanding to work better together, thus optimising the potential of their organisation and its people.