Intuition: it’s that gut feeling we all have that spikes our emotions when we’re faced with a threat or opportunity. Intuition is sometimes based off past experiences, but most times it’s your body’s fight or flight response. Your gut feeling is there to safeguard you when it feels a threat. Ignoring your gut or intuition can lead to poor judgment, a lack of confidence, and unwanted decisions. Managing a team and leading a company to success, it can be difficult for leaders to solely rely on their intuition; but they should. Here’s why intuition is an underrated trait in leadership.
Believing in yourself:
One of the most powerful traits any leader can possess is confidence. Without confidence, it’s tough for a leader to motivate their team. In addition, it’s also difficult to have your team follow your direction. In a confident leader, team members will naturally flock to the leader and follow whatever direction they say. While they may not always be correct, the confidence dampens the fear or insecurities team members may face. Confidence allows you to follow your natural agenda. When you have an agenda, nothing stands in your way. Almost every leader has an internal compass, otherwise known as a gyrocompass. Your intuition drives your gyrocompass, so be sure to listen to it carefully. Your gyrocompass will guide you to better decision making and take more calculated risks.
Better than logic:
The fact of intuition being better than logic is not always true. Seldomly, you will require information about a threat or opportunity that arises to ponder the next steps moving forward. However, logic doesn’t account for opinions and past experiences. Intuition, in conjunction with logic, leads to better analysis. Gather what information you can about the matter at hand. From there, use both intuition and logic to guide your decision. If you’re indecisive or unsure what to do, go with your gut instinct.