Authentic Life – Business Intuition – Leadership Actualization
Higher Mindfulness: A Richer Quality of Working and Living
You’re high functioning and a life-long learner. You believe in living life to the fullest.
Probably you have a little renegade in you. You challenge the status quo in the world – and in yourself.
Yet, even though you’re successful and have a good life, there’s a lingering feeling of not being entirely at home in yourself or the world. A a sense of disconnection . A desire for more.
You want to maximize both who you are and your impact in the world. Sometimes you catch glimpses of greater possibilities. You want that. A deeper and juicier kind of living.
Deepening Intuition in Business and Leadership
Intuition has been coming out of the closet.
Research is exploring intuition’s contribution to success. For example, one study found that 81% of CEOs with high intuition scores doubled their business in 5 years, while only 25% of those with low intuition scores did the same.
Still, in a culture that values the hyper-rational, intuitive thinking skills often get dismissed. Not only is they under-used, but intuitive development is largely ignored compared to the money and effort put into the development of rational thinking skills.
Even those who rely on their intuition often haven’t spent much time understanding or developing it. One executive I spoke to summarized it like this: “I don’t really know what it is or where it comes from, but I do use it and rely on it. It seems to me that it’s an under-appreciated tool; also under analyzed.”
The bias toward the analytic keeps people (and companies) from capitalizing on their intuitive capabilities. Yet, it was never meant to be a tug of war between rational analysis and intuition. Both are required for clear thinking and accessing your highest levels of intelligence.
Indeed, the two work hand in hand: ANALYTICS + INTUITION = A GOOD MIND
That’s why leaders who develop their full range of thinking skills lead the pack. They’re able to function at higher levels with more dimension and power to make decisions, solve problems and guide organizational change.
If you haven’t invested in your intuitive development, then you’re leaving a lot of your cognitive abilities untapped. That’s not all you’re leaving untapped: intuitive capacities are central to a richer, juicier life.
Fortunately, the remedy is simple: start opening up dialogue around intuitive skills, and hone and develop your intuitive capacities by investing in good training.
So, go ahead, throw those closet doors open and let the light pour in.
An Internet search brings up article after article of must-have leadership attributes:
- 10 Traits of High-Performing Leaders
- 8 Essential Qualities That Define Great Leadership
- 21 Most Compelling Qualities of Great Leaders
- 5 Ways To Be A Conscious Leader
- 5 Non-negotiable Attributes of Visionary Leadership
- 7 Must Have Transformational Leadership Qualities
- and (my personal favorite) 101 Best Leadership Skills, Traits & Qualities – The Complete List
There are hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of recommended attributes (often contradictory) that you should adopt as a leader.
This is how leadership training generally works. Someone comes with a list of must-have traits. Maybe they develop it by interviewing leaders. Or doing research. Or maybe they put it together from top of head. Then they share the list with you and your crew telling you to develop these skills to be a good leader.
Dr. Lance Secretan, a leadership development expert, says we’ve failed at leadership development: “We spend about a hundred seventy billion a year in North America, there are 200,000 books on Amazon.com, every university business school is marketing some kind of leadership program, there are consultants from coast to coast marketing and selling leadership, and think about it, leadership is broken everywhere whether it’s Washington, Ottawa, healthcare, corporate America, the police, the Roman Catholic Church, the home, you name it. There’s no place you can point to where we have successfully pulled off the whole idea of leadership.”
Leadership training is broken.
Sure, with enough will power, you might be able to adopt some of the ‘must-have’ characteristics and see improvement.
But it’s an outside-in approach. It leaves people disconnected from themselves and afraid to be exposed as a fake or impostor.
You can lead effectively only if you’re grounded in your own desires and leadership style—not someone else’s.
You’re so busy trying to juggle and embody all these attributes that you lose what is essential to being a good leader: YOU. You being able to show up, to have focus, to be consistent, to express your gifts and the best of who you are. You expressing your essence.