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One book that I like to recommend to leaders is one of the many leadership books written by John Maxwell. The title of the book is “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.”

Now I am sure that throughout my life I have broken a few laws. Laws such as speeding, or there was that one time when I went the wrong way on a one way street, but there is a law that Maxwell refers to in the book that I had never heard of before. That is the law of intuition.

Now you might be asking yourself, “what is the penalty for breaking this law?” Or, “exactly what is this law?” Well, since you are asking yourself these questions, this law is something that is hard to write about and even harder to understand.

You see this law of intuition is when you can evaluate the situation using your natural ability and learned skills. When leading the team down a new path that has never been traveled, where there is no roadmap on for when to turn or when the next obstacle will be coming, that is when a leader has to rely on their intuition. It is like you can just sense the correct direction to turn. You just have a feeling that it is the right choice.

Many times you will be able to ask mentors for their opinions, or rely on your team to help with the decisions, however, the time will come when the team will look to you for direction and as the leader, you will have to make a decision based on your skill, experience, and most of all, your gut.

You will need to rely more on feeling and sensing rather than information, facts and figures. Your gut will have to help you make a decision based on intangibles such as momentum, team morale, and timing.

The problem with this law is that there will be times when you are wrong. You will misread the situation and make a choice that will set you back. This is what happens when you break the law.

My encouragement for you is to not give up. Learn how to read the feeling that you are getting from your gut. Learn how to improve your leadership intuition.

Improving leadership intuition is possible when you are willing to invest the time in learning new skills and practice more on your natural leadership abilities. It is also important for you to learn to trust yourself. It is just as important for you to learn to trust yourself as it is for your team to learn to trust you.

This week’s experiment: Trust your skills and practice your natural abilities more. Trust your gut!