Bringing it All Together
What are the consequences of indigenous leadership dilution and what can we do about it to keep prevent them becoming westernised?
Fieldwork in Ethiopia
Why is it so important that we protect indigenous leadership that could become truly beneficial to all stake holders in the 21st. century helping us to better deal with the unknown and better understanding problems and solving them better?
Initially we embarked on our 1st fieldwork research project in Botswana and Namibia and were witnessing that the respective governments did with great effort diluting indigenous tribal communities with great pride of whom many have been a brutal victim of globalisation. They were literally pushed out of their natural habitat and were offered modern housing, access to drinking water and electricity, as well as Wi-Fi and the consumption of social media in return.
The truth of the matter, is that indigenous tribal communities, are drawing tourists by their thousands and hence are considered valuable economic assets that need to be preserved instead to ensuring their authentic and original sustainability. Unfortunately, we observed in our studies they have fallen prey to counterfeit and fakes and turn into living indigenous museums instead. That should make us all think. Indigenous tribal communities around the word have the fundamental right to exist and to be recognised and respect them. We must protect their land and territory and keep them away from tourists and loggers as well as from any other external intruders that would jeopardies their territory to survive. They have a right to live under the circumstances they are used to and that needs to be protected.
Fact is, tribal DNA cultivates their survival to keep maintaining their tradition and rituals, that bonds and gives them a sense of belonging to survive. But with the eye for globalization, many governments with the assistance of NGOs trying to lure and convince tribal chiefs to give up their identity, - following a westernised indigenous life. At the end of the day they feel trapped and lost and socially excluded.
The truth of the matter is that we can learn much more from them then they can learn from us, and that is essential to comprehend.
Today our research takes us to multisided locations around the world, such as in Ethiopia, Ladakh (India) Papua New Guinea & Brazil where we engage with different indigenous societies as well as Fortune 500 Executives from around the world to seek answers what the consequences of westernerised indigenous leadership is and how we can prevent it.
This fieldwork research is crucially important, -because it shows a bridge between different tribal communities and provides learning opportunities to explore the roots of indigenous tribal leadership that is beneficial for global leadership.
The purpose of the fieldwork research
Selecting, training, and developing leaders according to their brain wave patterns may soon become beneficial in our future. That possibility may seem remote, but recent with my indigenous leadership and neuro-anthropology fieldwork research this may hold a more prominent place in the understanding of effective leadership, based on scientific assessment, and development suggestions.
Social cognitive neuroscience, an interdisciplinary field which involves social, cognitive, and neural sciences, may have great promise in advancing the study of leadership that we show with our indigenous leadership fieldwork research. Because it is that special area of brain science that can provide information about how we form social inferences about the feelings, thoughts, and intentions of others – that becomes beneficial for leadership.
It is about optimising performance. This means comprehending how to better deal with anger and stress management and resilience are essentially important for all professional service providers, - but rarely applied within indigenous tribal communities that should makes us think what we can learn from them.
This topic is very important. Since, savvy business leaders will realise that the topic of leadership and indigenous leadership linked together with neuro-anthropology as well as neuroscience warrants more than simply a glance. It is the future for better leadership to embrace inclusiveness.
Leadership and Brain Science which is part of Neuro-Anthropology is the possibilities for harnessing social cognitive neuroscience to assess, understand, and develop inspirational leaders and assessing profound indigenous leadership and high-light their benefits.
DELTA WAVES (0,5Hz-4Hz) Deep & Dreamless Sleep
Delta is the realm of your unconscious mind. Conscious awareness is fully detached. We generate delta waves in deep sleep and very deep transcendental meditation.
THETA (4Hz-7,5Hz) Vivid Dreams ~ REM Sleep ~ Insights
Highly creative zone that invites vivid visualisations + profound insights. Potential for spiritual experiences and a sense of connectedness. Reached through deep meditation, light sleep and ‘Flow’ activities.
ALPHA (7,5Hz-14Hz) Relaxation ~ Intuition ~ Creativity
A meditative state in which memory, learning, visualisation and concentration are heightened. Awareness expands. Creativity increases. A sense of peace and well-being in the present moment.
BETA (14Hz-40Hz) Alertness ~ Concentration ~ Reasoning
Normal wkaing consciousness with heightened alertness, logic and analysis. Lower end is related to learning, concentrating, critical reasoning. High end is related to stress, anxiety and restlessness.
GAMMA (Above 40Hz) Insight ~ High Level Information Processing
Associated with bursts of insights. High-level information processing called “binding” - where various areas of the brain combine disparate thoughts into a single idea.
What The Results Mean Now & Implications For The Future
I want to present that indigenous leadership together with neuro-anthropology as well as neuroscience may provide information relevant to underlying brain patterns associated with inspirational, inclusive leadership.”
This fieldwork research study may provide a pathway for organisations to develop abilities for better predictions about leadership, understanding how to deal with the unknown. This means that so-called clinical or survey methods provide limited understanding of leadership processes and outcomes. It is believed that we need to incorporate indigenous leadership studies to share great potential that could become beneficial for global leadership, - providing new insights and techniques which can help produce informed theory about models of leadership processes.
Since the brain has the capability to change the nature of electrical activity, - a possible result in such a behaviour can change. I am considering neurofeedback therapy that may correct a number of problems, including attention deficit disorder (ADD), depression, sleep disorders, anger management, among others, - but also natural behaviours such as cultivating contemplation, calmness and stillness. This may assist many leaders and business executives, - developing their learning patterns, how to adapt to desired standards of behaviour through neurofeedback.
As a potential result, the training may enhance leadership effectiveness related to inspirational, inclusive leadership. Companies who pay attention to the leading edge adopting these “early findings” and this important new wave of application of neuro-anthropology and indigenous leadership linked together with brain science to business and professional development can be truly beneficial and stand to gain a crucial competitive advantage by harnessing the tools of social cognitive neuroscience to identify and improve leadership skills and behaviours.