I don’t trust my instincts. At least I’m sceptical of them. Impulsive decisions based on emotion & feeling have led me astray in the past. When things are important to us, we can become emotional. When we’re emotional, we’re not always at our best.
Yet human beings are emotional creatures. Every memory has an emotion associated with it. The stronger the emotion, the more vivid the memory. Our emotions, feelings, memories, values, and beliefs drive our behaviour and our decisions. Even when we’re not aware of them as we make those decisions.
As leaders and managers we need to take our own and others’ emotions into account, especially if we want to have any chance of influencing behaviour.
So how do we know when we should listen to our gut? Consider these four tests for when to trust your instincts.