Over many years of working with leaders, I’ve found that the more intuitive a leader is the more difficult it is for them to replicate themselves. They just intuitively know what do to and aren’t able to explain or articulate it to others; it feels mysterious to them and also to other people. This communication problem puts the intuitive leader are a serious disadvantage in their attempts to develop new leaders.
The more intuitive you are, the more you need to embrace processes so other people—who may be gifted differently than you are—can replicate the important actions and behaviors. Here are a few tips that can help get you started on the right track:
- Write down what you do. Making a list of actions that you do in a particular day or week can give others a much clearer sense of what you actually do.
- Talk with someone who can serve as a sounding board. By hearing you talk about your role, someone outside of the situation can often interpret what you are doing and clarify the process and structure you’re using. Even just talking out loud to someone else can help clarify it in your own mind.
- Partner with people who are different from you. You need someone who can see things from a different perspective. They will generally be much more successful putting words to the process you use and communicating that process to others.
- As much as possible, try to be intentional and systematic in your actions so other people can copy your process.