This is the third post in our 4-part series about whole-brain thinking with a focus on the L2 thinking style. As mentioned in the previous posts on the L1 and R1 thinking styles, we use all quadrants of our brain to think but each of us has our cognitive style, a thinking preference that impacts the way we receive and communicate information. Our thinking styles have implications for leadership, innovation and how we interact with others.

L2 Thinking Style

Results of an NBI Assessment showing a strong L2 thinking style.

I follow procedures.

As an L2 with the process-focused “Left Brain” thinking preference, I am an important member of any team where procedure and step-by-step planning is important. I love establishing procedures, and I am a rule follower and will keep my R1 brother and sisters who like to think “outside of the box” straight and make sure they do not violate company rules and policies.

I am known for being dedicated and disciplined.

I like to know the “big picture” when details on execution are provided that are clear and logical. I prefer to work in structured environments and don’t enjoy chaos as well as my R1 brothers and sisters. I am practical and operational and like to plan to ensure team tasks are completed on time. I like my teammates to be reliable, and I value tradition and routine. I can adapt to change well when given time to prepare.

I’m a tactical planner.

In meetings, I like to follow a prepared agenda and add value in tactical planning and implementation of various organizational initiatives whether they are internal or externally focused.

Why you need me on your team!

When paired with other thinking styes such as the L1 and R1, we complement each other when we have awareness of each other’s preferred thinking style. You see the power different thinking styles in action during collaborative problem-solving sessions by the unique perspective each of us bring based on our preferred style of thinking. As an L2 I help put the ideas the R1 generates and incorporate the details from the L1 into a step by step plan for the organization to follow and execute.

Curious about your own thinking style? Wondering how a knowledge of your team’s differences can work to your advantage?

Neethling Brain InventoryThe Neethling Brain Inventory (NBI) is used to measure an individual’s unique thinking preferences or cognitive style. The NBI assessment offers a number of implications for how people lead, communicate, negotiate, innovate, make decisions, at individual, as well as team and unit level.

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