Critical Thinking
September 24th, 2012 Posted by admin
Critical thinking is the ability and willingness to assess claims and make objective judgments on the basis of well-supported reasons and evidence rather than emotion or anecdote. Critical thinkers are able to look for flaws in arguments and to resist claims that have no support. They realize that criticizing an argument is not the same as criticizing the person making it, and they are willing to engage in vigorous debate about the validity of an idea. Critical thinking, however, is not merely negative thinking. It includes the ability to be creative and constructive—the ability to come up with alternative explanations for events, think of implications of research findings, and apply new knowledge to social and personal problems.” (Wade & Tavris, 2008)

 

Critical thinking is a necessary skill for all leaders. It encourages you to look beyond the ‘obvious’ answer and examine an issue from all angles. Leaders should take the time to see things from different perspectives, to be creative with their solutions, and to connect the dots within their organization. With this approach, they are less likely to offend others, and more likely to create harmony through understanding. With this approach, decision-makers make better decisions as they have a holistic view of the challenge and more creative options are available for them to choose the one that is best for their organization.



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