Leaders Evaluate Everything with a Leadership Bias — John Maxwell
What exactly is intuition, who has it , can it be increased, and what makes it a law of leadership?
Albert Einstein explains it differently, but still brilliantly:
The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don’t know how or why.
Either way, we all have experienced those moments of clarity when the answer to a problem seems to pop right out for us.
Not all people are intuitive in the area of leadership, but every person possesses intuition. We are most intuitive in the area of our strengths and where we spend our greatest amount of focus and energy on a daily basis. You will naturally look at things in your area of strength differently than others do.
Artists see the world with a different eye and know just what colors will bring reality to their work. Musicians can “jam” with other musicians they just met because they have developed the gifts to intuitively know what sounds will create the common experience they want.
Through experience and developed intuition, successful teachers can get results from a class of rowdy teenage students that would baffle the CEO of any large company. A CEO of a large company uses the gifts of his or her experiences to intuitively and quickly make high pressure decisions around enormous sums of money that would cause most of us to go into a panic.
Great coaches can walk into a gym and intuitively know what needs to happen to take their team to another level. They can almost smell potential problems, sense attitudes and detect drops in the level of chemistry before they are presented with consequential facts or detrimental situations. With this bias, they can immediately implement their intuitive solutions to improve morale and team chemistry before problems become irreversible.
A leader’s intuition is quite often, the one thing that defines a great leader. It could be argued that some are born with great leadership intuition and others develop it through experience, more accurately through their own failures and successes.
That is the good news! Leadership intuition can be developed and increased for everyone; if you weren’t born with natural leadership intuition, you can still build it! Like a muscle, you must exercise it and use it in order to strengthen it. Spend time increasing your areas of strength, building your knowledge of leadership, living the principles of leadership, and most importantly leading!
Quarterbacks often make impressive play calls in the middle of an intense game with little time left on the clock. What most people don’t realize is that they memorized dozens and dozens of plays for every possible situation before the game; as a result, they can instinctively make the best intuitive call in the heat of the moment. Because of hard work and preparation they gain a heightened awareness, the answers come with clarity, and intuition is there because they are ready.
As a leader I relish success, but I also know how important it is to fully appreciate the lessons learned in my mistakes. Like it or not, the trials and “failures” are what sharpen my intuition most if I am willing to learn. At least I intuitively know what NOT to do next time. 🙂
Consider the areas of your life where you hope to develop more intuition and decide now to spend the time necessary to prepare and make it an area of strength for you. Choose to appreciate the knowledge gained in all your experiences. You will be amazed at your heightened awareness on the subject and how your intuition will grow.