Grounded Neuroscience of Leadership

Extend your leadership and management approach using recent developments in knowledge about the brain, behaviour, managing change and social relationships.

Over the past two decades, evidence from neuroscience has significantly transformed practice in the health, welfare and education fields. The increasingly sophisticated application of this knowledge base comes with a parallel requirement for managers and team leaders to support their staff utilising an understanding of the insights that can be drawn from the neurobiology of human interaction.

In this workshop, senior managers at the Australian Childhood Foundation describe the benefits of a model of leadership within human service organisations which is based on the latest evidence derived from neuroscience. It specifically examines how threat can be perceived viscerally in individuals, teams and whole of organisations. It also explores how to approach organisational change using principles of neurosequential development and relational attunement as it pertains to the ways that organisations understand and respond to the needs of their staff and their service users.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the key brain structures related to decision making, thinking, emotion and relationships
  • Learn about the brain’s resistance to change as a ‘natural threat state’
  • Understand how our neurology drives our leadership behaviours and how other people respond to us
  • Understand what it takes to engage others, how emotional contagion and emotional intelligence impact engagement and how to influence the brain’s social motivators to change and improve performance levels
  • Learn how to avoid common traps that leaders and managers fall into, with unintended results
  • Learn how to use the Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness, and Fairness (SCARF) Model


Target Audience

This workshop is targeted at individuals who are in roles where they manage teams, programs and/or organisations. It will provide participants with enhanced skills and confidence to understand and attend to the drivers of human behaviour at work in processes which aim to deliver effective services.


Our Trainers

All training sessions delivered by Australian Childhood Foundation are facilitated by members of our therapeutic services and professional education services teams. These staff members are qualified and experienced professionals that are engaging in trauma-informed practice with children, young people and families across Australia. Training team members draw on their practice wisdom and current experiences to contextualise the training content to practice challenges and successes.  They are able to link the theory and research to improved outcomes.  

Learning Methods

Live, Interactive virtual classroom


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