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Gut Intelligence (GQ) and Leadership

We’ve all heard of IQ and EQ…but what about GQ?  GQ stands for Gut Quotient and is the way we measure Gut Intelligence.  Gut Intelligence is more than trusting your gut to alert you, it’s also allowing your heart to align you to what is important to you (your values), and allowing your mind to help you clarify what options work best to align to your vision and goals.

When leaders have high GQ, they are clear about the vision, values and goals and make decisions accordingly. The help employees do the same by engaging in conversations and tying them to the vision and goals before they start meetings and problem-solving sessions.

Those with high GQ have the wisdom to know the truth and the guts to do something about it. That is because they have learned to quiet their chattering mind, when it’s full of anxiety so they can listen to the still small voice we call intuition.

This doesn’t mean leaders with high GQ don’t look at the facts and data. It’s just that they look beyond the facts and data and pay attention to how they feel, what they notice, and whether the facts add up or not. That means paying attention to the culture: How people are acting, choosing and behaving.  When we watch the behavior, we know the truth because communication is 7% words, and 93% body language, tone of voice and behavior.

Are you a leader with high GQ?


Increasing your GQ is a Journey

Your level of GQ (Gut Intelligence)  can vary from situation to situation. In some cases, you may feel that your mind rarely chatters and you can trust your gut.  In other cases, you may feel lots of anxiety that keeps you doubting your Self .

Your level of Gut Intelligence is directly proportionate to your attachments to the outcome. When you have high levels of attachment to safety, security, love or belonging with a person or situation, you will have low levels of Gut Intelligence. This is because your heart is so attached on how you want something to be that you will have difficulty embracing the truth.

Letting go of our attachments and our need for people and things to be the way we need them to be is a journey and an exercise to increase Gut Intelligence.  You know you need to let go when you feel anxiety.  Anxiety is an emotion that tells us we are afraid we are not going to get what we want. When this is the case, we can often start trying to control a situation, instead of just observing what the reality is.

Next time your gut gets pinged, breathe into it and just observe what is happening around you and within you.  See what shifts!

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S.T.O.P. for greater Gut Intelligence

Our gut alone cannot always be trusted.  Sometimes our gut can send us into a frenzy with a fight or flight response. This occurs when we don’t stop to observe what is happening around and within us.

The S.T.O.P. Technique from my book, Gut Intelligence, can be a great way to raise your level of Gut Intelligence.  Try the following when you encounter a surprising situation or things aren’t going as you hoped.

The S.T.O.P Technique:

  1. THE S.T.O.P. TECHNIQUEThe S.T.O.P. Technique has four steps:

    S – Slow Down and Breathe.
    Take three breaths to the heart—through your nose and out your nose. Then to the top of the gut three times. Then to the center of the gut three times. Gradually and slowly breathe to the gut center, opening the vagus nerve and corpus callosum, which allows you to connect your gut, heart and head-brains.
    Benefit: This opens the corpus callosum in our brain and aligns our gut, heart and head-brains so they can send the chemicals and neurotransmitters back and forth. It also slows down our brainwaves from beta to alpha. This quiets the chattering in our mind.
    T – Tune in Within.
    Now that you have breathed deeply into your gut and opened your axis, tune into your Intuitive Wisdom by asking these three questions:
    1) What am I hearing? (Bend your head to your left ear);
    2) What am I seeing? (Look up to the right side of your mind’s eye);
    3) What am I sensing? (Look down into your gut).
    Benefit: This will help you tune into your Intuitive Wisdom. It is different for everyone: Some people hear an inner voice, others see visual symbols and pictures, and others are more inclined and feel physiological promptings in their heart or gut.


    O – Observe what is Happening.
    Now that you have created greater alignment with your Self, re-look at your situation with a new perspective from your Intuitive Wisdom. Ask the same three questions, but this time look outward as you are asking them, listening within to your intuition. This will give you a heightened awareness of the reality:
    1) What am I hearing that is being said?
    2) What am I seeing is happening? (Action and body language)
    3) What am I sensing is happening? (Emotional energy in your heart and gut-brains?)

    Benefit: This will help you tune into what is happening around you with a heightened awareness. Curious and compassionate, you will see the situation from a more detached point of view.
    P – Perceive a New Possibility.
    Now, from this detached and heightened awareness, ask your divine and Intuitive Wisdom,
    “How might I perceive a new possibility in this situation?”

    Benefit: This will help you to be mindful, emotionally detached, open-minded, creative and intuitive. This contrasts with being triggered and potentially going into limited thinking or a fight/flight reaction. Because you are seeing the situation from a heightened perspective, you will receive Intuitive Wisdom to address your situation.


    The S.T.O.P. Technique is copyright Susan K. Wehrley and is from the book, Gut Intelligence.