Barriers to Critical Thinking
Leaders who are highly competent in critical thinking have developed an inherent routine of examining occurrences, synthesizing data and evaluating outcomes. This intellectual discipline involves the skillful ability to ask the right questions in order to get desired results. One way to strengthen the ability to think critically is to clearly understand what gets in the way.
Here are 2 barriers that often lead to lapses in critical thinking:
- Expectations. Perceptions of what is "most likely" to happen may or may not be realistic. Such rigid beliefs can cloud future possibilities and impede the creative process.
- Self-serving Biases. Looking only for information that is personally advantageous or evaluating ambiguous information in a way that is beneficial to your interests
will limit your ability to fully analyze situations.