“Good Leaders rarely think in terms of boundaries; instead, they think in terms of opportunities. They are initiators” - John Maxwell, the 360’ Leader
Today I learned about informed intuition. The topic is different and hard to discuss because of the intangible qualities of having an intuition in leading. I think being a leader should always strive to balance between intuition as well as facts. This is because the primary role of a leader is still seeing the future as far as years or decades of the company. Combining intuition and facts or data are called informed intuition. This is very useful in successful leading because the leader will eventually depend on it in times of setting up vision as a direction of the company. Few people can balance these two distinct and often conflicting things so one advice I can give is having 40-60% of the facts and the remaining should be a mix of past experience plus rate of opportunity for gain.
Personally I experience this when I am in a project. There are times when facts are not enough in doing a unique and desirable result. I personally put the things in different perspective so that issues can be address and conflict be detected. There are instances which meetings are unsuccessful because some issues were not tackled or have been given proper attention.
But as a leader there are times that you are the only one seeing the problem from the top or having the privilege to grasp the whole issue. Intuition can be learned especially if you dedicate time and energy to enhance informative intuition.
Do you experience things that you think are right and should be doing? Are you eager to follow what you feel is right even if the facts are in different direction?