How many times have you thought to yourself “If I push through one more hour, I will finish everything I set out to achieve”? You probably even feel like you are being more productive when you skip out on sleep to finish up work, but compromising on sleep actually hinders our leadership abilities.
Being an effective leader isn’t just about talent, confidence, and a poised demeanor. In fact, getting a good night’s sleep and effective leadership go hand in hand. The prefrontal cortex is the part of our brain that is in charge of higher-order cognitive processes, including problem-solving, planning, organizing, executing, and reasoning. Our leadership behaviors rely closely on the prefrontal cortex and without it, we wouldn’t be able to get anything done. And while other parts of the brain can carry on with little sleep, the prefrontal cortex cannot, which causes our leadership skills to suffer when we sleep poorly.
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