How well do you trust your gut instinct? Especially when it comes to making the biggest business decisions? Having a hunch, or a feeling that something isn’t quite right can have some impact on day-to-day decisions, but when it comes to making strategic decisions, a hunch is unlikely to get a look in.
Business leaders are more inclined to call on tangible evidence, hard data, and in-depth analysis to reach their most important decisions. However, research into the way the brain behaves during those critical ‘Eureka’ moments, the outcome of major decisions, has led to a rethink about the importance of intuition, or ‘intuitive intelligence’, in leadership, especially when it comes to making the most critical choices.
One of the hallmarks of effective leadership is the ability to make consistently good decisions, very quickly. The great leaders who make them do so because they are acutely aware of everything going on around them and can see the whole picture. In the words of Einstein they ‘get off the dance floor and stand on the balcony to see what is really going on’.
Simply put, intuitive intelligence is the ability to understand and interpret context in order to make those reliably good decisions on which business success depends. In fact, many leadership experts now see intuitive intelligence as one of the most powerful tools in business decision-making.