50 Posts 50 Rules: Tom Peters on Leadership #15

15. Leaders trust their guts. 

I read this as the combination of experience and intuition. This is where the ability to be confident in who you are, what you have done culminates in helping determine what you now need to do. There is only one way to get experience earn it every moment of every day. A fellow blogger Terrance Seamon once shared with me an excellent quote on this.


“Experience is the best teacher but she is rough on her students.”


I love this quote for its clarity. Intuition is a bit different. Leaders have the ability to have an internal voice telling them what they think is right. It is a voice that must be cultivated as it speaks softly at first but will as trusted speak more and more clearly.

Challenge: Think back to a time when you had an idea of how to do something that seemed right but you were reluctant to trust yourself. Write out the situation, the idea, the direction you chose, and the result realized. Then consider how the idea you rejected could have resulted in a different outcome.

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