I recently re-read Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman and reflected on the many decisions I make as a school leader that are based on intuition. Don’t misunderstand me. I use reliable “evidence” for most critical decisions, and in a few instances,have been reluctantly stuck in the “paralysis by analysis” mode. I trust my intuition and am continuing to learn and grow with it.
Intuitive Leaders have a greater awareness of their surroundings, circumstances, events and other peoples ideas. Leadership intuition is a developed skill. Intuition is a gathering of information and experience. Many people might view this as a “feeling” or a “hunch”. I believe it’s–experience reapplied. This is especially important with our experiences with people. We are taught to believe that if we can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist. In most cases, human behavior cannot be measured, even though it IS real. Our leadership intuition grows when we observe people’s behavior, synthesize it and reapply it!
- Intuitive leaders risk trusting their hunches. They value their experiences.
- Intuitive leaders use holistic thinking. Their experiences have taught them to see past an isolated case, but the Big Picture.
- Intuitive leaders are most successful in dealing with the unexpected and the unpredictable. The unexpected happens on a weekly basis with school leaders.
- Intuitive leaders often ask themselves, “Does it feel right”. They assess, synthesize and apply. Isn’t this what we want our students to learn?
- Intuitive leaders understand that intuition is natural AND learnable.