Are You An Intuitive Leader?
by Victoria lynn Weston
The art of intuitively accessing information in ways that expand the boundaries of ordinary reality as been labeled the worlds’ “second oldest profession.” People exercising this ability have been labeled oracles, seers, psychics or simply intuitives. Great minds have expressed a strong interest in the intuitive practices, among them Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein and Carl Jung.
It’s no surprise that today, intuitive people are regarded as valuable commodities, particularly in certain situations where a problem can not clearly defined and has no familiar method for solving it. In such times, a person who will trust his or her intuitive voice holds the innovative key to the solution.
At the Newark College of Engineering, two professors compiled impressive statistics on the relationship of ESP and executive ability. They studied managers who seemed able to make the right decisions intuitively, even when those decisions flew in the face of established principles and current data. They spent ten years testing the precognitive abilities of 5,000 such executives.
Weston Agor, Ph.D., author of Intuitive Management says, “Intuition is a brain skill that organizations must learn to tap in order to remain competitive.”
When you’re involved in the day-to-day business operations, you have likely noticed that some colleagues in your organization have extraordinary skills. One may be great at recognizing intricate patterns, while another maybe great at anticipating trends, or an individual may have an insightful approach to complicated tasks that changed the way you looked at them forever. People who display such attributes possess a level of intuition one can rely on to make time sensitive decisions that have a lot riding on them.
“Often you have to rely on intuition,” Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, once said.
The Five Traits of Intuitive Leaders
Every action taken is based on VISION
The first sign of a truly intuitive leader is that their motivation isn’t inspired from external goals, instead their drive stems from their inner vision. This subtle shift has a powerful effect on an individual’s personal values and meaning. Not only does this cultivate expanded awareness but enables them to see solutions where others cannot, and apply those solutions where others have no idea how. Their vision is what allows them to stay true to their mission statement, which is simply a bunch of words for most organizations, often in groundbreaking ways.
Intuitive leaders create trends — they do not follow them
Intuitive leaders are easily bored by going through the same painstaking process everyone else is. Coming up with fresh ideas and developing new approaches that are original gives an intuitive leader a great amount of satisfaction. Staying in the safety of the herd is just not in their DNA.
Intuitive leaders let go of matters that aren’t viable
Intuitive leaders don’t invest their time and energy on matters that don’t contribute to their vision of moving forward. They gracefully move through tough decisions, perceived failures, and any state that requires them to disregard their status quo. They grasp crucial lessons with ease from their successes and much more from their failures. This gives them the power to further new plans and progress unhindered with absolute focus and certainty.
Intuitive Leaders help their team excel, thrive, and contribute
Intuitive leaders are mindful that they themselves are only a part of the equation. As individuals who sense and feel deeply, they understand how to encourage and support members of the team by building trust and a sense of connection; effectively creating an environment that’s safe and yet energized bringing out the best in everyone.
Intuitive leaders thrive when they hear ‘it can’t be done’
Intuitive leaders regard themselves as rebels, revolutionaries, and mavericks. Most would outright admit they don’t like being told what how to do. They truly shine when there is an issue at hand that needs solving, a sophisticated problem, or simply a wall where others have decided that there is no way around. They excel more when creating something innovative, something no one has even considered yet, or something that others consider impossible.
While others may describe it as a gut feeling or simply having a hunch when making decisions; when it comes to leading your employees and making sensitive decisions, no matter how accurate the fact and data in your hand is, your intuition will still play a significant role.
Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein said, “The only real valuable thing is intuition.”