Critical thinking is very important for reaching good decisions, whether in management and leadership of self or others; or in conflict resolution, from personal to global. Just what is critical thinking? Click to watch a short video that addresses that question.
A few of the many valuable points made in the video:
- When we engage in critical thinking, we seek out and are guided by knowledge and evidence that fits with reality, even if it refutes our cherished beliefs
- Critical thinkers cultivate an attitude of curiosity [the "c" in CARVE] and eagerness to widen their perspective and broaden their knowledge, and they are willing to do the work required to keep themselves properly informed about a subject
- Critical thinkers examine reasoning, assumptions, and biases behind claims
- What will sabotage critical thought? Lack of respect for reason, intellectual arrogance, unwillingness to listen, intellectual laziness, and lack of respect for evidence
- If we think in false dichotomies, we will tend to draw false conclusions
- A barrier to critical thinking: Leaping to false conclusions because you can't tolerate the ambiguity of not knowing