Critical thinking is an essential skill for leaders and decision-makers. It involves analyzing and evaluating information, questioning assumptions, and considering multiple perspectives. This helps to make informed and well-reasoned decisions.
While some people may be naturally inclined to think critically, it is a skill that can be developed and improved upon through practice and intentional effort.
Here three simple habits that can help you to improve your critical thinking skills.
Question assumptions: One key aspect of critical thinking is the ability to question assumptions and examine the evidence behind them. This involves looking at a problem or issue from multiple angles and considering all the available information before making a decision. As a leader, it is important to be open to new ideas and to challenge your own assumptions in order to make informed and well-reasoned decisions.
Reason through logic: Another key aspect of critical thinking is the ability to reason through logic and draw logical conclusions based on the evidence at hand. This involves using sound reasoning and problem-solving skills to evaluate options and make decisions. As a leader, it is important to be able to think critically and use logic to make decisions that are in the best interest of your team or organization.
Diversity of thought: Another important aspect of critical thinking is the ability to consider multiple perspectives and embrace diversity of thought. This involves being open to different viewpoints and considering all sides of an issue before making a decision. As a leader, it is important to be inclusive and open-minded, and to value diversity of thought in order to make the best possible decisions.
Bottom line, being open to new ideas, using sound reasoning and problem-solving skills, and valuing diversity of thought are all important aspects of critical thinking for leaders.
Lead From Within: Critical thinking is not about being critical of others, it is about being critical of ourselves and our own thinking to expand our ideas.
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After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.
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Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.