How Leaders Think

Written by Dave Rothacker on December 22, 2021

“Leadership intuition is the ability of a leader to read what’s going on.” - John Maxwell

As a leader, are you able to read what’s going on?

Maxwell offers these directional signposts.

Leaders are readers of their situation. This is the ability to dial in on the atmosphere of your organization. It doesn’t require financial analytics. It’s about tapping into your gut and grasping reality before getting all of the facts.

Leaders are readers of trends. This is the wherewithal to step back from the present and grasp not only where the company has been, but also where it is going.

Leaders are readers of their resources. Leaders are on a different wavelength when it comes to resources. It’s about engaging people and resources to help the entire organization instead of their individual effort.

Leaders are readers of people. Leaders know when people are for you or against you. And they’re always working towards influencing people to follow. Because if they’re not, then they’re not leading.

Leaders are readers of themselves. They’re aware of their strengths, weaknesses, skills, talents and blind spots. They know what they need to do to gain followers and move forward.

Maxwell’s advice falls under what he calls the Law of Intuition: Leaders evaluate everything with a leadership bias. This simply means that leaders draw upon their leadership intuition and it informs everything they do.

Are you interested in improving your powers of intuition?

I will be launching (at least) two John Maxwell masterminds in January. The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and Developing the Leader Within You 2.0. Each is based on a Maxwell book by the same name. I recommend reading the book(s) in December.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership - The book in which to begin building your leadership foundation on. As we’ve seen here, every person in your company is in need of fundamental leadership education. Go here to sign up.

Developing the Leader Within 2.0 - I recommend this mastermind if you’ve already taken The 21 Irrefutable Laws mastermind. Go here to sign up.