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i4 Neuroleader Revolution

A collection of books on leadership, engagement, creativity, emotional intelligence, parenting and love.

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Leadership Is Upside Down

The i4 Neuroleader Revolution

‘Leadership is Upside Down’ contains invaluable concepts for anyone who wants to develop as an effective, creative and inspirational leader to thrive in the 21st Century. In this book, author Silvia Damiano, outlines the underpinning thinking and research of the i4 Neuroleader Model.

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The i4 Neuroleader Workbook

Companion to the book ‘Leadership Is Upside Down’

Based on the book ‘Leadership is Upside Down’, the ‘i4 Neuroleader Online Course’ and the i4 Assessment Tool, this comprehensive workbook is filled with reflective questions, exercises, practical content and 192 simple tips that you can immediately apply to your personal and professional life.

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What people say

"Intrepid. Intriguing. Insightful. Invigorating!"

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“Silvia Damiano takes you to a place that compels you to challenge what you know – or think you know – about leadership. A fantastic read where its true beauty is in the simplicity of its deconstruction and re-construction of notions and principles.

I found myself constantly questioning my actions and inactions as a leader and gained far greater insight of my influence towards others – positive and negative – regardless of my intent.”

Milano Pellegrini

HR Executive, Consultant & Lecturer

"My brain so enjoyed Silvia’s deliciously structured description on how my neurobiology and neurochemistry can alter so that I can start exhibiting some of the leadership behaviours I have been trying to exhibit at work but somehow have failed.

My brain really does want to know the chemicals, wiring and restructuring it needs to achieve in order to change behaviour on the outside. Silvia has done a wonderful job at giving my brain the manual on how to achieve that end state. The brains of leaders will enjoy Silvia’s work immensely."

Katherine McLennan

Head of Global Leadership Academy, QBE

"Leadership is not improvised. Leadership is learnt and developed. In her new book, Silvia Damiano gives us the key: the i4 model. In a world characterised by complexity, uncertainty and globalisation, the four skills Damiano includes in her Model (integration, inspiration, imagination and intuition) are essential for individual and group success."

Dr. Nestor Braidot

Author of NeuroManagement & CEO of Braidot Group (Business & Neuroscience)

"By challenging us to look at leadership in an unfamiliar frame, the i4 model offers new insights into ourselves and others - insights that are founded in the science of our brains and behaviours - that will ultimately enable us to be better leaders who can adapt and thrive in a complex, ever evolving, global business landscape."

Dr. Lana Ledgerwood

Cognitive Neuroscientist & Leadership Consultant

"This book is an enjoyable, well-written, and fast and easy read. I found myself continuing on, reading another chapter into the early morning hours each night like one does when reading a really enthralling novel. But don’t let the colorful illustrations, use of stories and personal experiences and inspirational quotes fool you.

This is not a frivolous book. It’s an important book. Perhaps one of the most important business books to come out in some time. Relevant, timely, actionable, and with its underlying message of equality—both for genders and generations, but also for every human on the planet. We are all equal, and we all have the capability and responsibility to be personal leaders."

Matthew Galik

Leadership Consultant


Check out what people say in the showreel of the ‘Leadership Is Upside Down’ Book Launch!


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Engage Me

Inspirational insights for leaders who want to engage

Have you ever wondered what engages people at work? Have you taken the time to explore and share with your boss what engages you the most? Are you curious to know how engagement works from the perspective of neuroscience? This book is inspirational, instructive and easy to read. Join in the wisdom of our 25 faces of engagement. If the engagement scores in your team are not what you desire and you want a quick reference to engagement at work, read 'Engage Me', get inspired and share it with others.

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The Poetry of Leadership

Poems inspired by leadership experiences

In this book, Silvia Damiano and Matt Jackson share their views and perceptions on leadership through the use of poetry. Almost forgotten in modern life as a way to communicate our inner thoughts and emotions, poetry can assist us in becoming more intuitive, creative and expressive. Writing and reading poems not only expands our awareness but also helps us develop stronger bonds with those whom we want to engage and inspire.

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What did your parents teach you about emotions?

What did your parents teach you about emotions?

A story for parents & their children

To be successful in life, children’s emotional well being should be treated with the same respect than academic achievement at school. To help parents and their children understand their emotional world, Silvia Damiano uses a modern fairy tale that explores the basics of how the brain, emotions, thoughts and feelings function and what we can do to deal with the ups and downs in life.

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Love, Connection, Conciousness

A collection of poems & stories

Storytelling and poetry should be supported and encouraged as part of our development to invite creative thoughts and self-expression. In this book, Silvia Damiano and Julie Masters share their latest collection of love poems alongside other personal stories of contributors; Katharine McLennan, Nicole Lyons, Ruth Donde, Melissa Dumas, Lori Hernandez and Matt Jackson.

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Silvia Damiano

Author, Founder & CEO

About my Brain Institute


Scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, award-winning leadership specialist and filmmaker.

Silvia is the creator of thei4 Neuroleader Model and Methodology, author of ‘Leadership is Upside Down’ and director of the 2018 documentary‘Make Me A Leader’.

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