Trusting is a Leader's Best Asset — Part Four — Connecting the Dots

This month, we are focusing on intuitive skills you can develop to grow your leadership and management abilities.

We looked at tracking incongruence and noticing when something feels ‘off’ or out of sorts in your workspace—with both staff member or customers—and learned how to trust your inner radar to get more information. Last week, we explored locating the subtext and being able to listen to the conversation underneath the conversation.

This week we’re exploring connecting the dots of everything we’ve talked about.

One of the gifts of intuition is being able to connect the dots faster than just using our conscious mind alone. Our subconscious mind can process data greater than 1000x faster and more thoroughly than our conscious mind.

What does this mean? The more we learn how to tap into our intuition, the better we become at decision-making. When we include our intuitive instincts along with the data at our fingertips, we make more complete and accurate decisions.

What makes great leaders stand apart is the trust that’s been built over time to listen to their own gut feeling and to take action from this place.

In Blink, one of the main points of Malcolm Gladwell’s book is that decisions made very quickly can be equally as good as decisions based on extensive research and contemplation. He called this superpower thin-slicing: “the ability of our unconscious to find patterns in situations and behavior based on very narrow slices of experience.”[2]

An example that he gives recounts how researcher John Gottman and his team at the University of Washington could determine with 90% accuracy if a couple will still be married in fifteen years’ time, by observing them interact for just fifteen minutes. They later discovered that if they looked at only three minutes of a couple talking they could predict who would make it and who wouldn’t, with still-impressive accuracy.

Imagine how this skill enhances your business. For example, not needing twenty-seven meetings to get to a decision. Or seeing three separate mistakes made on your customer delivery and then connecting the dots to see the underlying system that’s missing.

The more you start to lean into the wisdom that’s already inside you, and begin to trust this more through practice, the more you will open your abilities to connect meaningful dots that others can’t yet see.

This is how you anticipate the future, innovate, and stay ahead of the competition.

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