Have you ever wondered how some leaders are more creative and innovative than others?
As a leader coach and business consultant I have seen two kinds of leaders, I have witnessed both, and I have seen the results of both.
One leader thinks that in order to create something new, they must use their analytic mind to be creative.
The other kind of leader who want to try something new they use their intuitive mind to be innovative.
I have seen leaders say that relying on your six sense- following your gut- your intuition- is being unreliable.
But for years, I have seen how the intuitive leader, can be more of an explorer, and discover more than those who don’t utilize their intuition and I have witnessed that Intuitive people make great leaders, they have a competitive edge over other leaders, they are quicker, faster, smarter and more decisive.
Maybe people have a misunderstanding on what intuition really is…
Many people call intuition, a gut feeling, a knowing, words spoken from the heart.
But intuition is more than that…here are 4 ways our intuition really works and how it can make your leadership great again.
1. Our intuition is the accumulation of all the experiences we have. Everything that you have experienced becomes data points in your mind, every person you have met, every success you have experienced and every failure you had to go through, the learning that you were taught, the mistakes that have becomes lessons are stored. as a memory chip – to be utilized.
2. Our intuition is the amalgam of all the books we have read: We all read, some read books, other read articles, or blogs or posts or signs or posters, we read and therefore the words make an impression, they leave an imprint, and we remember, maybe not right now, but when we need it – it can be available.
3. Our intuition is the combination of all the people we have met. Think of all your encounters, think of all the people you have met, I believe that every person we meet has something to teach us, that every person we bump into has something to teach us, think of all the lessons we have learned because when we need it can be put to use.
4. Our intuition is the facts and data we collected: for years I am sure you have due diligence, you have collected data, and facts and you have created spread sheets and variations of what things could be and should be, all of that is important, all of it is vital because that knowledge when we need it- you will employ it.
Now think of this, you have experiences, reading, and people, and data and facts, all of this are stored in your brain – within little chips of our minds, a combination of wisdom, knowledge, lessons, and experiences. and when you want to be creative and innovative, and when you need an answer quickly and decisively, our brain does a scan of our mind and collects the knowledge we have accumulated and it connects the dots for us and it says with a definitive voice.
Do it now!
It feels right!
That is the power of our intuition, it is the answers that are rewarded by our wisdom.
Think about it the more we know, the more we learn the more we experience the more we have stored in our minds.
That is why some leaders can be more innovative and creative than others, because they don’t use their control of their thinking mind, they let go of what they know to let all the dots of their mind connect, to let come in new information, in a way, that we cannot do for ourselves. That is the edge they have, that is the gift they possess.
Einstein said, The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant, we have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
Lead from within: Embrace your gift of intuition, and allow it to lead you to uncharted waters and find creativity and innovation. Why …because greatness lies within you.
Learn more about the intuitive leader in my new book:
The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness
After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
Additional reading you might enjoy:
- The Test Every Great Leader Must Pass
- 12 of The Most Common Lies Leaders Tell Themselves
- Leadership: Claim Your Calling
- The One Quality Every Leader Needs To Succeed
- To Trust Means To Be Careless
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness is being released by Portfolio May 2017.