Critical Thinking: The Soul Of Effective Leadership

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In the article “In praise of the incomplete leader”, Professor Ancona identified four different managerial capabilities required by leaders to become successful in any business setting (Arcona, Malone, Orlikowski, Senge, 2007). They include:
1- Sensemaking- It is the process through which managers collect data, interpret it, and use it to make sense of all the changes in their surrounding environment. This capability contributes to the organization’s ability to build and sustain a competitive advantage, or in other words, it is having what it takes to successfully engage in a strategic decision making process. For managers, this leadership capability translates into the ability to decide on a course of action when multiple participants representing
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By doing so, managers stay visible and easily reachable to their employees. Relating requires that managers communicate current and future challenges effectively through careful listening and clear deliverance of the message. For instance, by keeping the employees informed of the situation, they become reassured and feel secured. Not only is communication essential to the ability of leaders to relate, but also to think critically. In the article “Critical Thinking; The Soul of Effective Communication”, management consultant Tanmay Vora explained, “Effective communication starts with a clear thought process. Critical thinking breeds clarity of thought” (Vora, 2014). As an effective leader, I need to improve on my communication skills by learning to listen objectively and more attentively. Additionally, I have to learn to guard against trigger words that bias my arguments and cloud my sound …show more content…
Furthermore, this class taught me greatly about myself as a thinker. Through the practice of metacognition, I learned how to tap into my creative thoughts and challenge my traditional approaches to solutions. Before this class, I was completely unaware of all the personal barriers that can hinder the soundness of my critical thoughts. Those personal barriers, outlined in the cultural and social biases, are silently inherent. They impact the way we perceive, interpret and react to our surroundings. As I recognize my own biases, my ultimate responsibility for improvement now lies in learning how to move beyond their hindering limits, to become more fair and logical in my interactions, and consequently form accurate and sound conclusions. It has been eight weeks of hard work and research learning about the art of thinking critically. Throughout the class, we encountered many activities, which are aimed specifically at reinforcing the use of the three main elements in the critical thinking. They

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