Learn to trust your intuition

01 August 2023

Nikki Fogden-Moore

Nikki is an author, a change leadership specialist, host of Radical Self Belief — The Mojo Maker Podcast, and founder of The Quantum Decision Making Program...

Learning to trust your intuition is one of the greatest assets in leadership. Trusting your intuition in business can help reduce force and friction to create flow — both personally and professionally — for sustainable success. Nikki Fogden-Moore explains the five ways to achieve this.

The profession of financial planning is the business of people. Our team, our clients, our communities — it’s a trifecta of responsibility.

Technological advances gave rise to globalisation and opened the world up for trade in the last 40 to 50 years, combining that with changes in working conditions and flexible working on an entirely new level. How we operate today is like nothing we’ve experienced before.

Increased speed of business, social media pressure, and lack of time for self, family and friends are leaving people feeling helpless, hopeless, disconnected and exhausted. Many people are in survival mode, using an old road map and an outdated operating system for a completely new landscape.

As Stephen Hawking said: “We have entered ‘the century of complexity’.”

The more connected we become online, the more fragmented and disconnected we become in our interpersonal relationships and, more importantly, from the relationship we have with ourselves. Leadership is not just about skills in the workplace, it’s about evolving our other level of experience in terms of blending knowledge with ‘knowing’. That sixth sense is the strongest compass of all.

In this new age of self-reliance, we may have unwittingly removed any sense of self[1]. In essence, we are running our lives in a modern world with a very outdated internal set of decision-making frameworks.

It’s of more importance than ever not to lose sight of our deep sense of connection that grounds conscious decisions for now and the future.

Here are five ways why learning to trust your intuition is one of the greatest assets in leadership. By reducing force and friction, you can create flow — both personally and professionally — for sustainable success.

1. True experience requires a blend of decision-making

This is about having a gut feel. It’s about knowing the facts and stats, and having the ability to trust your own decisions. It requires a quiet knowing and a moment to reflect before you respond.

2. Our ego is not our amigo

Making decisions and leading from fear, blame, shame and guilt, creates a dysfunctional level of communication and performance. Instead, create decisions based on vision, purpose, possibility and ‘what the next right step is’. It’s all about intent and integrity.

3. Our world is organic

It’s not finite and each action has a reaction. Working with your intuition, as well as experience, enables us to respond to challenges, projects and people with a higher vision approach. It’s about not getting stuck in the semantics or the reactionary but rather, creating space for a clear and conscious decision to be made.

4. As leaders, the greatest asset is to lead by example instead of lecture

This fosters trust, experience and modelling on best practices. It allows room for others to show up, learn and lean in without rushing a result or ‘fixing’ issues.

5. Aligned leaders listen

They listen to their own intuition, to others, and to a wider situation. You can pick up the energy and the tone, and predict when to shut out distractions and internal dialogue. This is based on trust and experience, knowing that there is always a solution.

Get back to basics

‘Overwhelm’ is a $300 billion dollar industry in the U.S. alone — and that’s before COVID. It is an epidemic in itself. There is a need for a simple approach. To get back to basics and reset the place from which we make our core decisions. To regain our sense of self, trust and navigation — whatever the conditions. Creating regular pit stops, not rushing through challenges, but leaning into a deep sense of self-sufficiency and inner confidence.

As leaders, this requires us to change ‘how’ we show up. In order to lead from the front and reduce ‘overwhelm’, requires creating tiny moments to connect before communicating. It’s not about performing a role, but by being completely present and bringing your whole self to work — agile, experienced and connected.

Leadership is an evolution. It’s this ability to lead by example, and to recognise unique energies and situations. Demonstrating the important role our true intuition can play, empowers our teams to thrive and be agile in times of change.

Footnote

  1. Harvard Business Review.

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