Do You Have an Intuitive Mind? by Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa

Posted: October 25, 2010 in Uncategorized

Week 7 – Foresight

To have foresight means to have the ability to understand lessons from the past.  A Servant Leader must have the ability to foresee or know the likely outcome of a given situation.    Hopefully, you are not just guessing your way through life and hoping for the best.  Leaders can develop the skill of foresight through their experiences on the job and in life.  All of us have foresight; we just need to develop the skill of recognizing it in order to solve problems that are creative, emotional, intellectual, or practical.

Foresight means looking at what is happening right now and comparing it to what has happened in the past and the result that came of it.  At the same time, the leader has to project what will happen in the future.  It is essential that leaders develop this skill as it has the power to transform organizations and lives.

A forward-looking person has the ability to analyze any situation with the foresight necessary to make decisions.  Foresight is a characteristic that enables the Servant Leader to understand the lessons from the past, the realities of the present, and the likely consequence of a decision for the future.  To get really good at foresight, one must develop the intuitive mind.  There are many ways in which you can develop your skill of foresight.  Some may work for you and some may not.  The key is to try as many of them as you can in order to find the ones with which you are the most comfortable.

Follow some of the suggestions in this week’s lesson and you will begin to develop your intuitive mind to enhance your ability to use the skill of foresight.

Monday’s Lesson #1 – Focus on the Issue

~Identify the issue(s)

~Prioritize the issues

~Review the organization’s mission

Tuesday’s Lesson #2 – Scan the Environment

~Try to determine the POSSIBLE future

~Try to determine the PROBABLE future

~Try to determine the PREFERRED future

Wednesday’s Lesson #3 – Set the Vision

~Envision the future

~Jot down the images that come to mind

~Tell people what your specific vision is

Thursday’s Lesson #4 – Develop the Plan

~Consider the range of possible futures – what is the best for the organization?

~Develop specific goals and strategies to move in the direction of the desired future

~Organize and implement a planning development session

Friday’s Lesson #5 – Put the Plan into Action

~Define what processes will be changed

~Determine how progress will be evaluated

~Indicate who will be responsible for which strategies

Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa is a mother, educator, and wife living in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.  She is a PhD student with Our Lady of the Lake University in Leadership Studies.  Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa is currently researching the relationship between the leadership of the high school principal and the high school drop out rate.  This article is an excerpt from the self published book, Are You A Ten?  The Ten Characteristics of a Servant Leader. For ordering information, please contact Mrs. Baggerly-Hinojosa at


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