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Imparting a Balanced Whole Brain Approach to HR Management

By CIOReview | Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The rapidly transforming technological landscape will soon make the current ways of running a business or leadership management obsolete. This calls for the integration of innovative strategies into all aspects of a business ranging from basic functions to organizational design to top-level governance.

Fremont, CA: The talks on technological shifts are everywhere and organizations across all sectors are embracing new ways to go digital. However, the recent turn of events has paved the way for business leaders to go beyond ’merely digital.’

The changed circumstances force the business leadership to adopt a sophisticated and thoughtful approach towards understanding and utilizing the potential of employees, market growth and technological advancements. 

Any organization needs to have time-specific right abilities in place for the adopted digital strategies to function effectively. For instance, the current industry is not going to accept anything less than the ‘whole brain approach’. The underlying concept of this approach is facilitating an ‘increasingly-human centered’ approach towards achieving organizational priorities and goals.

Edging Forward with Whole Brain Leadership

The term ‘whole-brain approach’ signifies the need to bring in both the humanistic (right brain) and scientific/ technology (left brain) aspects into leadership.

To make it simpler, combining what both the right and left parts of the brain are capable of doing into the whole process of deriving a leadership strategy is what the whole-brain approach is all about.

For example, what can be categorized as the must include left-brain skills into a leadership strategy could include effective data interpretation and analysis, critical reasoning, devising a clear strategy, quicker decision making, and so on.

Similarly, the right brain skills for successful leadership includes the potential for experimentation and creative thinking, ability to diversify one’s thoughts, being aware and cautious of the surroundings, having empathy, deep intuition and willingness for adapting to changes.

A study by Accenture on this whole-brain approach has noticed that most of the leadership strategies designed tend to ignore the right brain skills. The need to include a humanitarian approach is mostly underestimated. Merely 8 percent of enterprises combine these with technology into their leadership objectives. However, as more and more firms have realized the full potential of embracing a humanitarian approach, it is estimated that around 82 percent of enterprises are likely to adopt them.

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