Several days ago, commented on the topic of "Why Managers Don't Think Deeply." Apparently, based on responses I received, there is some interest in this topic. I thought it would be worthwhile to share some characteristics of critical thinkers.
- Have a passion for clarity, precision, accuracy, relevance, consistency, logical-ness, completeness, and fairness.
- Are sensitive to ways in which critical thinking can be skewed by egocentrism, wishful thinking, biases, and ignorance.
- Are intellectually honest with themselves, acknowledging their limitations and lack of knowledge.
- Listen open-mindedly to opposing points of view, welcoming criticisms of beliefs and assumptions.
- Base their views on facts and evidence rather than on self interest.
- Are aware of biases and preconceptions that shape they way they perceive the world.
- Think independently and are not afraid to disagree with the group opinion.
- Are able to get to the heart of an issue or problem without being distracted by details.
- Have the courage to consider ideas that may challenge their own position or beliefs.
- Love truth and are curious about a wide range of issues.
- Have the intellectual honesty to pursue insights or truths, despite obstacles or difficulties.
(I have adapted these from a lecture given by Zaid Ali Alsagoff of Unitar.)