Trusting is a Leader’s Best Asset – Part One – Your Gut

As many of you know, I’m writing a book that will be published toward the end of the year or early next year that focuses on a six-step process of how to train and develop intuitive decision-making for business, leadership, and innovation success.

Over the course of 2018, we will explore how intuition can be applied to specific areas of your company or department for greater cohesion on your teams and to gain an advantage over your competition. This month, we are focusing on intuition and leadership in this four-part series.

Typically, when you see articles rating the top qualities of leaders, you’ll see such characteristics as visionary, decisiveness, integrity, strategic planning, confidence, accountability, etc. Yet, what doesn’t usually make the list and happens to be one of the great differentiators that separate leaders from the pack is intuition.

Developing a relationship with your intuitive intelligence is one of the most powerful resources and assets that you can cultivate. And the fact that it doesn’t make most lists says a lot.

Many people doubt their gut instinct, override it with logic, and are afraid to act on it. If you are able to overcome these challenges and make time to listen to your intuitive intelligence, then you are already differentiating yourself from others and positioning yourself to lead.

A leader, by definition, leads. And when you lead, you are blazing a new trail—sometimes never cut through before. And you don’t have to be the CEO to lead. This can be any team member who is willing to put themselves out there for something they feel needs to be shared.

The more you take time to develop a relationship with your intuition, the more you can trust what your inner signals are telling you and then what action steps to take from there. As a leader, cultivating a relationship with your intuition is imperative as you might not have research or other experienced voices to guide your decision-making.

Intuition serves two functions: it helps you read-out what’s happening in real-time and to better anticipate the future. In fact, it is a necessary skill for today’s rapidly changing climate. Adaptive leadership depends on leaders who are able to take the temperature of their staff and company culture, their customer base, and the marketplace and be able to shift on a dime when necessary. The ability to get out in front of a situation can make all the difference in moving from good to great.

The better a leader can read their current situation using all six of their senses, the more well-rounded data they are getting to process and make decisions from.

In upcoming articles this month, we will explore how intuitive skills allow you to make a bigger impact in your company culture through:

1.    Tracking Incongruence

2.    Locating the Subtext

3.    Connecting the Dots

For more information on training opportunities for building intuitive intelligence on your teams for better decision-making, contact us today.

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