Today’s businesses thrive on uncertainty and dealing with complex problems. To equip individuals with the necessary skills to resolve problems and making decisions, you must invest in developing your/their critical thinking techniques.
Critical thinking helps you understand the logical connections between ideas, identify the relevance and importance of arguments, detect inconsistencies or mistakes in reasonings, and make proper decisions.
So why is this such an important skill for leaders to develop? Because leaders need to think thoughts that others do not think of!
Critical thinking is all about looking at a situation and connecting the dots in new and different ways.
This is a skill that will help you; maintain your value over time; have broad applicability across different careers and roles; catalyse and accelerate your development in other ways; benefit your personal life, not just your career.
Critical thinking is not as easy as a one-step action. It requires some detailed analysis and research. Like any scientific method, critical thinking involves a lot of steps, it includes four major steps namely evaluation, assessment, categorisation, and reasoning. Let us understand each in detail.
Step 1 – Evaluation
This includes using logic to understand a problem in detail before coming up with a solution.
Step 2 – Assessment
This includes considering the possible outcomes before taking any decision.
Step 3 – Categorisation
This includes putting different solutions together based on their similarity before selecting any one of them.
Step 4 – Reasoning
This includes using logic to make decisions rather than being creative.
The successful application of critical thinking often results in more efficient work processes.
Written by Sahar Habib
Founder of Coach Wilson