I write frequently on this blog about following your intuition and why it’s ever so important to follow it, both in your personal and professional life. Of course, when you’re accountable to no one, it’s very easy to simply follow what your gut is telling you, but it’s a whole other situation when you have to explain your intuition to your employees or your bosses. So how can you explain to other what you “just know” is the right decision to make?
Write it out.
When you have a feeling something is right or wrong, based on your intuition, it probably doesn’t feel very concrete. You can change that by writing out what you feel and why you feel that way. It might take a little time, but in order to properly communicate your intuitive thoughts and feelings, you need to get them down on paper.
Back it up.
If the decision is a big one and you need to convince leadership that they need to take a certain action, you MUST have some sort of data or reasoning to back up your intuition. I’m sure that many of the women in high leadership positions have gotten there in part due to their intuition, but many likely know how to convince others that their gut is right using facts and figures.
Put it out there.
Of course, if you don’t tell anyone about your gut feelings, then they won’t take you anywhere. Have the courage to put yourself, your intuition and your intelligent reasoning out there for all to see.
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