Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or NLP for short, is a form of psychotherapy devised in the 1970s to make use of the connection between the neurological, linguistic and behavioral patterns of a human being that may be ‘programmed’ to achieve specific objectives and goals. Although not all aspects of this technique have been proven scientifically yet, NLP continues to be a popular medium for personal development and leadership training.
How It Works
NLP is partly hypnotherapy which works its way through a human’s sub-conscious. With NLP, a therapist reaches out to the subconscious of the patient to trigger specific neurological and behavioral changes through linguistic catalysts. For instance, a patient who wants to fix their pessimism could get a NLP trainer to reach out to their subconscious to identify the root cause of their pessimism. The trainer can then trigger the neurological and behavioral systems to modify their approach to approaching challenges thereby making the patient less cynical and more optimistic.
Using NLP To Achieve Goals
According to NLP trainer Mike Bundrant, one of the key challenges to using NLP to achieve personal goals is a lack of inward alignment. According to him, patients who are keen to achieve a goal should not feel conflicted about it from the inside. For instance, if a person feels tension in their throat or shoulders, has an inner voice advising the person against it, or if the person fails to get excited or feels dreaded at the prospect of attaining a goal, then they are conflicted. With NLP, it is possible to identify these obstacles to congruence and address them which sets the patient on the path to achieving their goal.
NLP For Better Leadership
There are two components to becoming a better leader – a sense of belonging and the ability to take decisions. A leader who does not feel like they belong there would have a tough time convincing others of the same. This results in the leader taking decisions that are appeasing and are seldom ideal. Also, the lack of belonging can impact the execution which could mean that the team may not always carry forward with the decision set forth by the leader in the group.
NLP typically targets the issues with the leaders’ sense of belonging. A therapist would identify the reasons a leader doesn’t feel in control of their situation. The most common reason here is not feeling sure if they can do the job right. An NLP trainer helps the patient identify these insecurities and trains the mind to raise its confidence levels. When a leader feels more secure and at home with the team order, they are likely to be more rational and objective in their role. This automatically addresses the potential issues with decision making.
NLP is no magic bullet and does not always guarantee results. It is however important to remember that NLP works at a subconscious level and can only be effective as much as a patient wants it to. Using it is a great way for team members to train their minds and work towards becoming a leader.