The sound of falling left or right

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving” ~ Albert Einstein

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Daniel H. Pink, author of several bestselling books about the changing work world, drew on international research regarding left brainers vs. right brainers and compiled it in his book A Whole New Mind.

“The left hemisphere controls the right side of the body, is sequential, specializes in text, and analyzes the details,” writes Pink. “The right hemisphere controls the left side of the body, is simultaneous, specializes in context, and synthesizes the big picture.”

Lead Life Institute’s founder and author of Right Brain/Left Brain Leadership and Right Brain/Left Brain President Dr. Mary Lou Décosterd further describes the differences between right and left brainers: “You could say that left brainers are more focused on the here and now.They are more verbal, tangible (need to see it to believe it), and pragmatic. Right brainers are visionaries and innovators, interested in what might or could be. They are more intuitive and emotional — they trust their gut.”

She further explains how this relates to leadership. “Left brain leaders excel in and target the sheer volume of a leader’s day-to-day tactical demands. Left brain leadership is about in-the-moment planning, communicating, stabilizing and driving,” she told us. “Right brain leaders excel in and target the development of a desired state. Right brain leaders look out at possibilities and from those possibilities identify opportunities for change.”

Andrea Learned, a sustainable business leadership and marketing to women expert, told us that gender has had a traditional role in what people perceive left and right brain thinking to be. “Women are thought to ‘tend’ to be guided by those right hemisphere characteristics. Meanwhile, men are thought to ‘tend’ to be guided by the more left hemisphere characteristics, because that is what they’ve traditionally been most rewarded for (making money, winning, thinking linearly…),” Learned said. “If you look at social media and social business today, it is pretty clear that the right hemisphere characteristics will find more of the reward in the 21st century.”

Is it possible to use your whole brain? Would doing so create some sort of superhuman? Dr. Décosterd says President Obama is a good example of someone who uses both. “His is a fully integrated right and left brain approach. While high level leaders can be adept at certain right  and left brain abilities, most leaders get caught up in their preferences…More to the point, a leader is less likely to shift style from right to left brain thinking or vice versa with the ease as Obama does.”

So can someone who tends to be more of a right brainer train themselves to develop their left brain and vice versa? Dr. Décosterd believes so. “The best way to encourage a shift in brain style is to make your brain more pliable. To do so you could introduce novel stimulus to your brain — new sights, tastes, scents for example, as well as being OPEN to new ways of thinking — listen to differing views without being dismissive,” she told us. “Another way to encourage a shift is through engaging in behaviors that are more alter-brain.”

What kind of thinker are you? Left brain, right brain, or both? Last week, we asked you to give us some examples of each. After receiving a ton of feedback via Twitter and Facebook (and after much deliberation), we’ve selected a few of the many great examples you gave us to create this updated version of the infographic.


Also, be sure to take a look at some of the explorations of how the infographic came to be below.

Creative Leader versus Do Leadership Infographic from Mindjet

10 thoughts on “The sound of falling left or right

    lillianhh said:
    October 6, 2013 at 12:30

    I felle i am most what is described on the right hemisphere, but sometimes I can be spontaneous as it is the left hemisphere. hmmm interesting thought about using both side, I have reed a book that said that we use to little of the brain and that we can use so much more 🙂

    ashokbhatia said:
    October 7, 2013 at 09:20

    A neurospecialist in China has just reveled that one of the unique features of his brain is that the left is very strongly jointed with the right. This could possibly explain his genuis. But the key question is if he had a brain with this structure right since birth or did he acquire it over a period of time with mental work done by him.

      mirrorgirl responded:
      October 7, 2013 at 09:32

      Maybe it’s even both ? 😉

        ashokbhatia said:
        October 7, 2013 at 09:38

        Yes, that does suggest itself as a strong possibility!

    Techman said:
    October 7, 2013 at 19:35

    That’s an interesting information. I think I am Right brain, but is there a way to check that ?

      mirrorgirl responded:
      October 8, 2013 at 16:24

      I think the dancing ballerina might work. Just search on Google for dancing ballerina left brain right brain test . If she turns in clockwise your left brain is activated, and anti-clockwise the right. Usually we can and do use both, but some are of course more inclined to one than the other 🙂 would be interesting to know your results 🙂

    Techman said:
    October 8, 2013 at 19:40

    Thanks. I looked at following site:

    But feels like I’ve crazy brain. FIrst it started to look it is moving clockwise, but then randomly, after some time, or I am not sure how, may be if I look around, or scroll page and look again, I see it anti-clockwise 🙂 I haven’t read the details on the page, I hope the animation doesn’t change side after say 30 seconds 🙂

      mirrorgirl responded:
      October 8, 2013 at 20:17

      It is normal that it changes, and it will, like you say. I learnt to control it by thinking about emotional things (it turns) or Doing math (it turned again) . So sometimes our right side is more active (emotional memory) and sometimes the left (math, language and so on)

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        Techman said:
        October 8, 2013 at 20:24

        Ohic. Thanks. Right, because if I try it intentionally to change, it doesn’t with the things I mentioned before. But randomly, eg when I concentrate and think about its logic or something. I’ll try your trick as well. 🙂

    Techman said:
    October 13, 2013 at 16:39

    Reblogged this on Learn, Share & Help fellow beings and commented:
    Find if you’re left brain or right brain mostly:

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