The Importance of Discernment for Team Leaders

 The Importance of Discernment for Team Leaders

Are you a discerning leader? When faced with complex issues, can you readily identify the heart of a matter? Discernment is the ability to find the root of a matter through intuition and rational thought. Discernment is an indispensable quality for team leaders that want to maximize their effectiveness.

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Discernment Uncovers Root Issues

The larger the team you lead, the more complex the issues you will encounter. There are times that you will not have enough time to gather enough information to get the complete picture. To make the right decisions, you will often have to rely on your discernment. The discernment of team leaders allows them to see a partial picture, fill in the missing pieces intuitively, and find the real heart of the matter.

Discernment Enhance Problem Solving

If you can get to the root issue of a problem, it is easier to solve the problem. The closer a leader operates in the area of their gifting the stronger their intuition and the ability to see the root causes. The more you work in your area of strength the more you will be able to tap into your discernment potential.

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Discernment Will Help You Evaluate Your Options for Maximum Impact

Intuition is an important part of discernment, but it is not all there is to discernment. Discernment relies on both intuition and intellect to find the best option for your team.

Discernment Multiplies Your Opportunities

Discernment places leaders in the right place at the right time through their willingness to use their experience and follow their instincts. Team leaders can create their own “luck” through their use of discernment.

How You Can Improve Your Discernment

  1. Analyze your past successes. Take a look at the problems that you successfully solved in the past. What were the root issues? What enabled you to succeed in solving them? If you can capture the heart of the matter in a few words, it will help you to learn to do it with future issues.
  2. Learn how others think. Look at leaders that you admire. Read the biographies of leaders in a similar profession or gifting to yours. Learning how other discerning leaders think can help you become a more discerning leader.
  3. Follow your intuition. Recall the times when your intuition was correct, what do those experiences have in common. Look for patterns that may give you insight into your intuitive ability.

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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