A Leader Like you
Do you feel like you could be a leader, but think you aren’t strong enough?
When most of us think of a leader we think of substantial qualities like courage and fearlessness. It’s easy to convince ourselves that we don’t posses the qualities needed to become a leader. However, most would be very surprised to discover that some of the best leaders draw their power from very subtle qualities, Albert Einstein and Henry Ford to name a few. I’ll be blogging this week about several subtle but powerful qualities that are among the best leader’s tools.
I’d like to start with one of my favorites, that sneaky sensation of intuition. The quick jab of truth and guidance that pokes you and then seems to fade. Does it fade or are we tuning it out? The working definition of intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning, or what we usually refer to as our “gut”. In my experience, intuition is quiet but complicated. I’ve spent most of my youth clearly hearing my intuition and then promptly ignoring it for some outside influence in decision making. Believe me when I say, it was at my own peril most of the time. We tend to dismiss intuition for self-fulfilling prophecies like:
- “So, how is my intuition a pathway to leadership? It’s not even a strong quality right?”
- “I think I’ll stick with what my friend said to do, he makes a lot of money.”
How can we hone our intuitive skills? Who has a great story about intuition? Who is ignoring it and wants help?