It’s OK to use your Intuition

Written by Charlie Efford

Photo by Alan Strakey

In a world where rational thought is highly valued and prized what place is there for intuition? How can important decisions be defended if they are based on hunches or gut feel? I guess the answer is they can’t; if logic is your only test then intuition rarely passes. The conundrum is that many of the world’s top leaders have learnt to rely on their intuition to make sound decisions. So what do they know that we can learn from? – and why is intuition so important for Conscious Leaders?

I think there is a spectrum of intuition that ranges from pattern recognition (I have seen this sequence of events before and I know what is coming next) through to premonition or flashes of deep knowing. For this article, I would like to focus more on the “knowing” end of the spectrum.

I have a simple way of looking at intuition, which I hope works for you. All people radiate energy which contains information about who they are and what is going on for them. One way of using your intuition is to tune into this information in the same way that a radio picks up signals and makes them audible. I think we all have this ability  and I think it is especially important for Leaders who want to work consciously.

What many top leaders have learnt is that using their intuition gives them an extra source of information above and beyond what the analysis can tell them.

So how do you learn to use your intuition? Well, I think you have to allow intuition to come rather than trying to find it. Once you start trying to work out what is going on you are probably colouring your insight with your own thoughts, emotions and values. Pure intuition is colourless and comes with no emotional attachment. It has the same quality as looking into clear water. Working this way can be difficult in our action oriented culture. If you are interested, there are many books available to guide you.

My second question was why is intuition so important for Leaders who want to work consciously?

In my CARE model of what it takes to be a Conscious Leader, the A stands for awareness. This ranges from self-awareness to understanding others. The benefits of being aware are simple – the more aware you are the more information you have, and the more information you have the more consciously you can make decisions.

One of the primary roles of a leader is to make decisions. I think that allowing intuition a place in your decision making process – can only help make those decisions more effective.

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Charlie Efford


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