A major study on peak performance and the development of higher states of consciousness will soon be published inManagement Decision, a leading management journal based in Britain.
The primary author of the article, titled Higher Development, Brain Integration, and Excellence in Leadership*, is Harald S. Harung, Ph.D, President of Maharishi Vedic Education, Nordic, in Olso, Norway; and Associate Professor at Oslo University College.
The research paper presents the results of four major studies of peak performers conducted over many years; the first study was published in 1995. Subjects include world champion athletes, top level managers, and professional classical musicians, compared with average-performing control groups.
This extensive research project has been a collaboration of Oslo University College and Maharishi University of Management, USA, and has involved institutions such as the Norwegian School for Sport Sciences and Norwegian Olympic Preparatory Centre.
Said Dr Harung, ‘A growing agreement among prominent researchers is that leadership development is, in essence, self-development. The primary dimension in developing leadership is to develop the personality, the consciousness of the potential leader.’
Using detailed analysis of brain functioning and measures of psychological development, Dr Harung’s research indicates that peak performers (making up about 10% of the population) have significantly higher degrees of development than the average adult.
An interesting component of the study shows that anyone can increase brain integration, and develop the characteristics of peak performance, through the practice of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) Technique. In fact, the research showed that short-term TM meditators (those who have been practising for seven years or less) have approximately the same level of brain integration as peak performers, while the control group of long-term TM meditators (those practising for at least 20 years) had significantly higher measures than the world-class performers and leaders.
Colleagues in this groundbreaking research, and co-authors of the upcoming paper, are: Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management; Dr Warren Blank, a leading expert in management and organizational development; and Dr Dennis Heaton, Co-Director of the Ph.D. programme in Management at Maharishi University of Management.
‘The qualities that we find in world-class performers are those that develop with the Transcendental Meditation andTranscendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, both individually and collectively,’ said Dr Harung, referring to the profound implications of the study for cultivating organizational excellence, and developing the collective consciousness of society.
Global Good News will feature details of this important research in future articles.
* Harung, H. S., Travis, F., Blank, W. & Heaton, D. P. (2009). Higher development, brain integration, and excellence in leadership, Management Decision, Vol. 47, No. 6, pp. 872-894.