EMCC Global Provider Summit

24-25th November 2020


EMCC Global Provider Summit

24-25th November 2020


Paul Crick

Paul Crick: The neurobiology of resilience - the future curriculum of leader development

Session on 24 November 2020 11:30 UTC - View on timetable


Emotional intelligence (EI) lies in 8th place in the Top 10 Soft Skills for 2022 list compiled by the World Economic Forum (see

Whilst we are now familiar with EI from a conceptual perspective we are less clear on the role our neurobiology and somatic intelligence plays in governing our ability to regulate our emotions both individually and in groups. This of particular importance as we increasingly are called to work under pressure in contexts where the stakes are perceived to be high.

This session provides an overview of our interpersonal neurobiology plays in our stress response and makes a case for the need for us to expand and balance the leader development and leadership curricula to include practices that condition our interpersonal neurobiology so as to cultivate greater presence, personal power and resilience.

Learning outcomes

Participants will gain:

  1. An understanding of what we mean by interpersonal neurobiology
  2. An understanding of the stress response and why this matters for leaders
  3. A visceral experience of two ways to condition their own neurobiology to develop greater presence, power, and resilience


Paul Crick is the Founder and Managing Partner of his own leadership development consultancy, The Elevate Partnership. He is an EMCC Global accredited coach (senior practitioner) and serves in a voluntary capacity as Professional Development Director for EMCC, UK.

Paul has been a management consultant, coach, educator, facilitator and trainer for over 20 years working across the world with private, public and voluntary organisations for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, CapGemini and IBM.

Paul previously co-led IBM’s Global Coaching Community of Practice of 4,000 coaches across 80 countries and served as an Executive Coach in IBM’s Professional Coaching Service.

He has taught and coached leaders individually and in groups, both inside and outside IBM, across 22 countries up to and including C-Level Executives.

Paul lives happily in the middle of nowhere in the UK nestled in nature with his wife, Tina, their dogs (Jock and Maisie) and horse (Penny) indulging his passion for Aikido and writing music.