“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” — Albert Einstein

Intuition, our instant ability to understand something without the need to think or reason, is my favorite “I” word.  It’s that hunch that drives us, allowing us to make quick, right decisions.

Gut instincts. Flashes of inspiration. Moments of brilliance. However you label those instants that propel us forward, those who rely in part on these unexplained instincts tend to rise more quickly. Most great leaders rely on gut instinct as much as they do formal decision making.

While many business leaders look for hard facts and quantitative data before making the tough decisions, new research from Oxford suggests that trusting our intuition can help us make better decisions.

Watch this video about intuitive intelligence from Brian Bacon to learn more: