JLBC CRITICAL THINKING
Overview Statement: Leadership is an intellectual activity. One avenue to developing your brainpower is to think critically.
Connection to the Curriculum: JLBC Learn to Lead, Team Leadership.
Estimated Time: 25-30 Minutes
Resources Required: Learn to Lead, JLBC Module Two; Whiteboard (or chalkboard, butcher paper or
Critical Thinking – “The habit of being guided by universal values of logic and a deep respect for the truth.” Learn to Lead, Module Two
Inference – “A conclusion drawn from evidence or reasoning.” Encarta Dictionary INTRODUCTION
Attention: How many times in a day do you think?
Motivation: If you answered “always,” you probably disagree with H.L. Mencken’s view that simple answers to complex questions are usually wrong. It’s in looking at the complexity of reasoning that we find critical Thinking.
Overview: In today’s lesson, we will defend the claim that critical Thinking directly impacts a leader’s effectiveness.
Your role in this discussion is to be an active participant. You are free to share your views. Please be involved and considerate of one another. My role will be to take notes on what you say, and I may occasionally ask a question or two. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions. I am simply interested in what you have to say.
MAIN POINT 1: CRITICAL THINKING IS SELF-GUIDED