Intuitive Leadership

Everybody knows it.

Few understand it.

Many people want it.

Few trust it.

What many of us do not know is that we have been following our intuition since we were born.

Intuition means “quick ready insight.” It comes from the latin word “intueri” which means “to see within.” It is a way of sensing and knowing the truth without explanations.

But when it comes to intuition many of us disconnect, ignore, betray or invalidate it.

As a leader there is no sitting back and letting things happen to you.


Purpose suggests participation and intuition urges involvement.

Your intuition is your gift. Do not waste it. Unwrap it and use it.

We are all looking for answers and intuition is the highest form of knowing.
Use your intuition to make better decisions and more valuable choices.

By trusting yourself you are giving permission for you intuition to guide, inspire and lead.

Your intuition is the guiding voice within, trust it, learn from it and grow with it.

Lead From Within: Let go of saying you don’t know and move inward to the knowing.

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Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world.

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  1. Guy Farmer

    13. Jun, 2011

    Great post Lolly. You make me think of how important it is to promote self-awareness in leadership. The more leaders understand themselves and the happier they are the better they help others grow and succeed. I really like the idea of people figuring out what their inner voice is saying and paying attention to it by living and leading genuinely.

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    • lollydaskal

      14. Jun, 2011

      The more you trust -The more you understand.
      Thanks for stopping by.
      Always lets Lead From Within


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  2. Edward Colozzi

    13. Jun, 2011

    Thanks Lolly for one of your most important posts ever. Intuition is a gift that everyone has within themselves. It is the gift that keeps on giving–yet many of us seem to loose our attention to our inner voice. Intuition is a direct communication from God/Higher Power mediated through one’s True Self to guide our heart, mind, and behavior and, as you share, allow us to “sense and know truth without explanations”.

    In a cognitive world, affective is less understood and often mistrusted. Heart-led intuition is based on deep-seeded energies that probably have some connectivity to certain regions of our brain, thus providing humans with a powerful one-two punch of heart/mind wisdom potential that can accomplish amazing things.

    You correctly state that, “many disconnect, ignore, betray or invalidate it” . I believe our society does not yet sufficiently value this gift because most children are not taught to value and use their intuition by their primary caretakers, specifically parents and our school system (especially K-4), who for the most part, do not nurture intuition in young children.

    Want to change the world for the better? Teach a generation of young children to value, listen, and understand how to best optimize their intuitive gifts. It’s time for parents and K-4 teachers to start changing the world.

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    • lollydaskal

      14. Jun, 2011

      As always your thoughts, comments and insights are right on target.
      Your comments always add more thought and depth to my posts and for that I thank you.

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  3. Jesse Stoner

    13. Jun, 2011

    Lolly, I appreciate your point that everyone has access to intuition and that it is a gift that should be trusted. Some people seem to be more intuitive than others. But often I hear from people that deep inside they had a bad feeling about something that they didn’t voice, only the find out later that they should have paid attention to that voice. That voice was their intuition. What should people do who want to develop their intuition? My suggestion is to start listening to that inner voice. I’m curious what suggestions you and others might have.

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    • lollydaskal

      14. Jun, 2011


      Its always great to read your comments. Always insightful.
      And today you asked a great question.

      You asked a courageous question: “how to develop intuition”

      A: By leading from within …..It begins by silence, surrender, listening and trusting.

      So many times the answers we need are right inside us. But we don’t trust it.
      Trust More.< Heart Think Less< Mind Blessings Lolly

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  4. Sharon Corsaro @growinggold

    13. Jun, 2011

    Best line ever: “Lead From Within: Let go of saying you don’t know and move inward to the knowing.” PERFECT!!!

    Thank you, for calling it forth!

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    • Richard

      14. Jun, 2011

      I agree it’s a great L-in-e … a great source of IN-ner learning.

      L-earn-IN-g to trust our IN-tuition is another matter. We have to use of lose it … or do we?

      I think it lays dormant rather than disappear-IN-g … and all we need do to reconnect with it is L-isten and experiment.

      Trial and error IN-volves trial AND error. We won’t always get it right, right?

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    • lollydaskal

      14. Jun, 2011


      Thanks for stopping by. Happy you liked the truth of:

      “Let go of saying you don’t know and move inward to the knowing.”

      Hope to see you tonight LFW misses you.

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  5. lollydaskal

    14. Jun, 2011


    IN-teresting comment.

    It IN-voles some thinking.

    IN-viting you to come back soon.


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  6. Sharon Reed

    14. Jun, 2011

    Great post, Lolly. When we betray our inner voice, we end up living a divided life, and limit our own personal power and capacity to lead others.

    My name for our inner voice/intuition? Our heart space. And yes, learning to tune into that space does indeed require courage, trust and surrender!

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  7. Simon (@Simon_GB)

    15. Jun, 2011

    I was trying to remember how it was that I got here, and I got to thinking that it must have been on intuition. And I thought reading your post, I should write a short poem about Intuition. So somewhat inspired by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi book ‘Flow’ my own experiences of living with intuition,and leadfromwithin, here it is. Excuse the rawness.

    Intuition the Stallion

    Intuition is always roaming the plains,
    enveloping vast acres, looking for gains.
    There at a whistle ready to fly,
    I grab his mane, leap up, and ride him high.

    Balance, feel, ease my grip, and perceive.
    pure intuition,
    galloping, gaining speed.

    Ground out of sight, Intuition in flight.
    Close my eyes now, let him go,
    Awake, to the flow.

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  8. Kate Nasser, The People-Skills Coach

    16. Jun, 2011

    Hi Lolly,
    This post hits home for me. I am very intuitive and for years have faced the data brigade in many parts of my life — who not only doubt intuition (as you say disconnect) — but also cast aspersions on intuition and intuitives.

    I have learned to peacefully coexist with them. I also came up with a way to explain intuition that makes it less scary for them.

    Thanks for your wonderfully inspired post Lolly.

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  9. Dianna Amorde

    16. Jun, 2011

    Hi Lolly,

    Thanks for calling attention to now being the time that leaders must step forward and use their intuition.

    As someone who guides people on how to develop and trust their intuition, I had a good laugh when I recently attended a workshop on “Becoming More Quantum”(to deal with the rapid changes in the world) and found out it was all about trusting intuition.

    It’s really that simple, isn’t it? Our intuitive selves have access to so much more information than we’ll ever be able to logically comprehend.

    As leaders in a world that delivers so much data and many conflicting points of view, we’re the ones who need to take the leap of faith first and trust the knowing that reveals itself to us.

    Lolly, I look forward to many more inspiring posts and words of wisdom!



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  10. Neville Dunn @nevilledunn

    19. Jun, 2011

    Hi Lolly

    Do you think intuition holds ‘more weight’ for decisions close to home than those far from home? In other words the things that we are accustomed to and deal with regularly are close to home.

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