The Neurobiology Behind Leadership


Published: 07 February 2016

Nurse leaders are the people who, in any role, are able to ‘make things happen’. Leadership skills are what enable a nurse to advocate for their patient and ensure the best possible level of care is taking place. It also enables nurses to create a positive work environment, one that retains staff for a longer period of time. They build strong relationships across departments and with patients and their families. All nurses need the ability to be good leaders. The Biology Behind Leadership Recent research shows that the actions of great leaders affect their own neurology and in turn affect


Portrait of Janette Cooper
Janette Cooper

Janette Cooper is a registered nurse, currently working as a gastroenterology procedure nurse at Noarlunga Hospital. She has a Bachelor of Nursing, a Graduate Certificate in Health Service Management from Flinders University, and a certificate in Gastroenterology Nursing from The Queensland University of Technology. In 2012 she began a life coaching course with The Coaching Institute in Melbourne. It has allowed her to combine her two passions of nursing and personal development. She divides her time between gastroenterology nursing and promoting personal development and leadership by means of frequently published articles through Ausmed, leadership presentations and workshops and coaching health professionals wanting to develop their leadership potential. See Educator Profile