Intuition is a great resource to have in your leadership tool box. It is becoming increasingly important that people in the business world are able to make quicker decisions to match the requirements of this fast-paced world.

Examples of business leaders who use intuition are Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson and George Soros. Oprah, for example, recognises in many of her writings that her intuition has been a major asset in her life.

It is up to you as to how you will use intuition as a tool. Remember that intuition is information. Use it just like another ‘advisor on your team’ who provides you with a different perspective.

Clearly, there are limitations to making intuitive decisions. However, the more research and discussions that are undertaken to understand the brain and body processes that underpin intuitive decision making, the more this faculty will become a more accepted element of management and organisational practices.

In a world where evidence, facts and reason have been considered superior and more valuable than an idea that appears less tangible, it is understandable that many people seem somewhat less comfortable with the concept of intuition.

As we have seen previously, whilst perhaps we are not always consciously aware, we use our intuition daily. Intuition plays an integral part in our sense of ‘knowing’.

Remember that one of intuition’s main functions is survival, the sense of knowing when something is amiss or different, therefore determining if you are in danger or not; a primary function that is shared with other primates.

Many effective leaders rely heavily on their intuition, with the vast majority of people unaware that the bulk of their decisions are purely based on a mix of emotions and intuitive hunches; and while not attributing their subsequent action to this ‘knowing’, they will often justify their behaviour and decisions through the use of a logical argument.

As we have seen, intuition should definitely be developed as part of your set of leadership competencies. After all, the more you use your intuition, the more your intuition will serve you.

Excerpt from book ‘Leadership is Upside Down’.
Originally posted on: 18 September 2014
Last updated on: 18 February 2024

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Scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, award-winning leadership specialist, filmmaker and creator of the i4 Neuroleader Model & Methodology.

Silvia's scientific background and curiosity about the human brain led her to a decade long journey of research into optimal brain functioning and the application of neuroscience in leadership and daily life. Her past and current roles have uniquely prepared her for the current undertaking, that of leadership activist & change agent.

Silvia Damiano founded The About my Brain Institute in 2009, with the purpose of democratising leadership & neuroscience. She has a passionately held belief, that leaders in our 21st century global economy and their organisations must radically change long-held ideas of what constitutes effective leadership

In her ground-breaking books ‘Leadership is Upside Down’, ‘Brain-Friendly Leadership’ and the 2018 documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’, Silvia provides both compelling evidence and explores the importance of leadership in our personal and professional lives and what it takes to develop the human behind the leader.

Silvia has worked in different countries, across many industries, helping teams and organisations improve business performance. Silvia’s clients have described her as a passionate, dynamic, a highly experienced speaker and master facilitator on the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Cultural Change, Neuroleadership & Engagement.

Silvia is passionate about leaving a legacy of well-rounded leaders who can act and decide in a way that better serves humanity. Her clients include Microsoft, Australian Stock Exchange, NSW Government, VISA, Fuji Xerox and Manpower amongst many other global companies.

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