These are the key skills that every successful “new world” leader harnesses. These are the key components that permit entrepreneurs to bring their goals and vision to fruition. They are critical in stepping into your mission as a new world leader.
Have you ever had a moment when some part of you consciously felt that something is right or wrong for you but could not explain it logically? Intuition is the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning. It’s what we sometimes call “gut instinct” or an inner voice, sixth sense or, as Albert Einstein liked to say, a “sacred gift.” Usually, it’s quick and spontaneous and does not always make much sense.
As part of their Global CEO Outlook report, KPMG found that 67% of CEOs tend to rely on their intuition more than information and data as a decision-making tool when they contradict each other. Studies have also demonstrated that intuition can guide us through life, enable us to make better decisions, make faster decisions and feel more confident in our choices. The more we use our intuition, the stronger it gets — just like a muscle.
The question is: how do we develop our intuition “muscle”? Don’t worry. It does not require any heavy lifting or protein powder. Here are three things you can do based on the habits of outstanding entrepreneurs who follow their intuition:
• Prioritize your inner voice. Take breaks from your hectic lives and connect to your inner self through activities such as breathwork and meditation.
• Observe your inner voice and act upon it.
• Practice mindful exercises to connect to the present moment and align with your intuition.
2. Creative Thinking
The ability to think creatively is one of the critical skills every successful entrepreneur needs to harness to make it big in this new world. The more technological our world becomes, the more we are pushed to develop interpersonal skills like creativity, problem-solving and attentiveness.
The World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs Report lists the top fifteen skills that will be required in the next five years. Only two directly relate to technology. The rest involve critical and analytical thinking, creativity and resilience. A global study conducted by Adobe found that companies that invest in creativity are more likely to have increased employee productivity, more satisfied customers, better innovation and are more likely to be financially successful.
Today’s organizations understand more than ever before that the “fuel” for growing their business ventures is creative thinking. Whether you love writing, drawing, dancing, sketching, photography, design, music or any other “dormant” skills, now is the time to align with your talents to think more creatively and awaken your potential.
We often come up with amazing ideas that have the potential to become successful businesses but may lack the courage to dip our feet in the water and take the first step toward our new business venture. We may approach things this way due to our fear of failure or the unknown.
Successful entrepreneurs don’t wait for things to happen to them — they make things happen for them. They are proactive. They figure out what needs to be done to make a difference and they act on it.
Audacity is also linked to our attitude toward new opportunities. It’s important to check in with ourselves and see: Are we open to receiving new opportunities or are we hopelessly waiting for the “perfect moment” we have designed in our minds?
Sometimes we are just a few steps away from the jackpot. Our next meeting could make all the difference. Our next customer. Our next idea. Our next step. Anything can bring us to the next turning point in our journey. But the question is: Are we willing to play the game with what we already have? Do we believe that what we have is enough to win?
In a time of chaos and uncertainty, reality evolves at a dizzying pace, so it can be intimidating for us to take the plunge. However, risk-taking is our true nature as human beings. We are born with a very high propensity for trial and error. When we were children and learned how to walk, it was second nature to risk and fall. As the years went by, we shied away from our true nature and started playing it safe, staying within our comfort zone. We sometimes like to think we can predict the future and control for all outcomes, but — to quote Dr. Margie Warrell — “the truth is that certainty is an illusion and uncertainty is the status quo.” To succeed in this new age, we must re-embrace our childlike nature of risk-taking and taking the plunge even in uncertain conditions.
Is it scary? It depends on how you view it. Boldness in business is not a state of fearlessness. It’s the agreement to move forward, despite our fear. As Mark Twain is often credited with saying, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”
Take a moment to think about yourself. What ideas do you have that you haven’t dared to act upon until today? What is the first thing you can do to set your wheels in motion?
Nili Peretz (Forbes)