The most important leadership quality is intuition.
Research support this, and I agree along with my clients!
You may be asking, “What is intuition anyway?”.
It’s the (usually small) physical feeling that you feel while a choice is being presented, you’re making a decision , critiquing something (or someone). Mabe it’s a twinge in your gut, your chest, your head.
Maybe it’s tingles all over- or on your arms.
Pay attention, do not ignore it, and after a while you will know what your “good” sensory feelings are v. “the bad.” Law enforcement often rely on this when involved at a crime scene. A recent study at
Th New jersey Institute of Technology conducted intuition tests on a group of CEO’s and discovered :
- Out of 100% of CEO’s with low intuition scores only 25% managed to double
their business in five years.
- Out of 100% of CEO’s with high intuition scores, 81% doubled their business in five years.
This showed a strong correlation betwn intuition and CEO ability and that “gut feeling may play an important part in making successful decisions.” Here are a few quotes about intuition from mighty powerful leaders!:
“Often you have to rely on intuition” -Bill Gates
“Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next” –Jonas Salk
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. “ –Albert Einstein
“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.” –Oprah Winfrey
“…have the courage to follow your heart and intuition, everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs
Bottom line: Intuition is important in the leadership skill set and is trainable. You can ask me about this!