Women working with Intuition

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Women working with Intuition

Are women more intuitive than men?

It’s a question that can lead to heated debate. I am going to put my money where my mouth is and assert that women in business are more intuitively aligned to their goals, their staff and their business vision. They use their intuition to navigate each day, decision make, deal with clients and manage their staff. Women in business are not shy to share examples of how their intuition guided them to grow their businesses, challenge traditional thinking and support their risk taking.

I consult to and coach people from all walks of life, many of whom are well educated, some at MBA level and others who have no tertiary education. The common thread that runs through many of the women I consult to, is that they step into the role of Entrepreneur or leader in the same way that that they raise, love and nurture their families. Boldly.

How many women do you know who have been formally trained to be a mother? For most, mothering is intuitive and instinctual. Women by and large carry this intuitive energy into their careers and their businesses, in much the same way as they raise their children. Next time you see a mother with a small child, note how she unconsciously responds to it’s cries, it’s demands and it’s needs. Now, align that picture, to women Entrepreneurs and leaders that you know, who respond in similar vein to the needs of their businesses, their teams and the company vision.

Take a moment to consider your own career or business path. The knowledge you have acquired. Has it all come straight from the text book or the trainer? And yes, of course we have mentors, coaches and consultants. They serve a very real and meaningful purpose, but ultimately, decisions rest with you. Armed with data, statistics and a whole lot more, are you any wiser than the spaza shop woman who sells her wares to her community to sustain her family and keep a roof over her head? She too makes decisions around stock control, supply and demand, cashflow and trends, yet she may not have much formal education. I would suggest that this business woman is working from a deeper wisdom. It goes by the name of intuition and many women give it the respect it deserves.

Trusting your intuition takes courage. More especially when you can’t justify the “why” of your action to chart a certain course in your business or in your leadership style. So, to answer the question. No, I don’t believe that women are more intuitive in business than men, but yes, women do respond to their intuition, much the same way as women respond to their emotions, spontaneously and transparently. Weighed up against a male counterpart, fearful of a business decision based mostly on what his gut is telling him, my money is on women in business who draw on their intuition alongside past experience and knowledge. Make’s good sense to me.

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