Gaining the competitive edge in the modern game is everything. Which is why more and more successful sports organisations place neuroscience at the core of their development strategy.
Understanding what drives human social behaviour enables athletes to harness mental power for ever greater physical achievement. Leadership styles have the potential to impact upon this by treating the brain as a social system that responds either positively or negatively according to stimulus.
This knowledge underpins every learning programme on the Master in Sporting Directorship course. Ensuring an in-depth understanding of neuroscience and its applications enables students to get the very best from themselves and those around them.
The more a sporting director can help people to shine the greater the sporting director will be. Leading, managing and coaching in a way that brings out the best in people is a critical task in shaping the future of our sporting organisations.
Unique to the programme is the fundamental theme of neuroscience that binds all aspects of behaviour to drive human performance. Recent advances in our understanding of brain science are dramatically improving the way leaders work with colleagues to drive all aspects of human performance. As the brain is now increasingly examined in the context of personal and organizational development, remarkable insights are being uncovered: insights that are leading to powerful new strategies for improving human performance that aligns to business execution and results.
For the purpose of the MSD programme neuroscience is defined as the study and understanding of how people’s brain systems respond to functioning in a high performing environment, typically to understand the mental activity to include their mental representations, emotions, expectations, learning, memory and behaviour.
Never before has the understanding for human performance been made so readily available. You will come to see what a substantial role an understanding of the brain can play in how you work with people and how more than any other time in history a sporting director needs an understanding of how the brain drives human performance. knowing how to apply a knowledge of brain science bespoke for the environment you wish to create is an important and fundamental part of creating the context for success.
The guiding principles of the programme will be built around the sporting directors understanding of how the brain;
Through a neuroscience framework we can increase the effectiveness of existing interventions and develop new delivery mechanisms providing sporting directors who are in the profession of driving optimal performance with distinguishing leadership, management and people coaching capabilities in the years ahead.
Throughout this unit you will come to see what a substantial role an understanding of the brain can play in how we work with people. The human brain is a social organ its reactions to experiences are profoundly shaped by your social interactions.
Throughout this unit participants will become empowered with an understanding of how the brain drives cognitive, emotional and mental performance. As a result of this module you will be able to:
Leaders who understand these dynamics can more effectively engage their employees and create a culture to foster productive performance and change.
As a leader, manager and coach a critical skill required is the importance of understanding yourself and others. Understanding your brain and how you respond and react is fundamental to how you perform.
Benefits and practical application of neuroscience
The sporting director is a leader, manager and coach of people. Human and organizational performance is underpinned with workplace engagement and the degree to which an employee feels an emotional connection for their organization, that influences them to exert greater effort to their work.
For the sporting director to engage appropriately with his employees, an understanding of how his brain functions and the effect it will have on his employees is now one of the distinguishing characteristics seen across human performance.
Throughout this unit you will develop an understanding of:
Certain characteristics always surround a great leader, manager and coach: innovation, persuasion, resilience, intuition and inspiration to name a few yet most change initiatives fail. Over 78% of all change initiatives are unsuccessful but why? Because on implementation of such programmes the process does not take into account how the brains functions.
A change from the norm often creates a chemical response within the brain that will drive our mental, emotional and social interactions. Throughout this unit the sporting director will develop an understanding of:
Embedded within this unit will be an applied understanding of how your brain engages as well as disengages others. The more a sporting director can help people to shine the greater the sporting director will be. Leading, managing and coaching in a way that brings out the best in people is a critical task in shaping the future of our sporting organisations.
This unit will provide the real world vocational opportunity to embed the learnt knowledge around brain performance from previous units.