• The Laboratory

Online Research Seminar at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Hosted by the Amsterdam Leadership Lab, Sebastiano will present: "Neuroleadership: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, And The Beautiful" on June 4.

In the past decade, within the emerging Organizational Neuroscience paradigm, leadership has been one of the first research domains to become actively engaged, both theoretically and empirically, often under the umbrella of “neuroleadership.” Thus, several contributions have rapidly advanced leadership knowledge, for instance by elucidating neural underpinnings related to leadership behaviors and styles. At the same time, neuroleadership has also been fraught with some ill-conceived motivations, poorly designed studies, and fervent debates. As with any new scientific advancement, neuroleadership research presents both opportunities and obstacles.


By extending an analogy from Sergio Leone’s popular “Spaghetti Western,” Sebastiano presents what could be more simply called the Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Beautiful of neuroleadership. Specifically, he discusses potential benefits and challenges of the neuroleadership framework and propose novel avenues to sharpen this research agenda and sustain its healthy development moving forward.


Further Readings


Massaro, S. (2015). Neurofeedback in the Workplace: From Neurorehabilitation Hope to Neuroleadership Hype?. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 38(3), 276-278.

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