4 things that distinguish a critical thinking leader
• Critical thinkers think differently about their impact on the organization – understanding how their decisions and actions influence business both inside and outside their narrow functional silos. These leaders are able to balance department or team issues with broader company issues and embrace a larger responsibility for the success of the organization.
• They understand the total organization and how the individual parts work together. It is impossible to apply critical thinking skills to the business of making money without an understanding of the business drivers that connect day-to-day decisions and actions to key financial and strategic goals.
• Critical thinkers think macro. Critical thinkers operate from a broad perspective in order to make sure the correct problems are addressed and they are taking acceptable risk. They recognize the difference between short-term gains and sustainable, long-term results and lead accordingly.
• Critical thinking is big-picture thinking too. Critical thinking enables leaders at every level to understand the impact of their decisions on the business as a whole and ensures both alignment with organizational goals and accountability for results.
It’s exactly the type of leadership behaviour demanded by the “new normal” – and exactly what’s missing. This disconnect is likely to intensify over time.
To accelerate development and raise leadership accountability to a whole new level of awareness, there needs to be a renewed emphasis on critical thinking in the leadership identification and development arenae.
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Well these are just a few points on how critical thinking leaders are different. What else do you think distinguishes critical thinking leaders?