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Leaders Convert Critical Thinking to Critical Action

Critical decision making is vitally important to accurate assessments and successful strategy. Both current leaders and students have a hard time thinking critically about the nature of events in order to more accurately achieve desired outcomes. Jenkins and Cutchens (2011) have studied the lack of understanding among undergraduate students as well as their ability to apply such concepts to leadership. Such students will eventually become tomorrow’s leaders and will need new skills to compete effectively.  An underlying assumption of all leadership is that people should use interpersonal skills in the environment to increase self-awareness, understand others, and learn from life experiences (Burbach, et. al, 2004). Leaders constantly learn about life in order to become more aware of how their behavior impacts others and how life’s lessons can enhance their decision-making abilities. When their skills consolidate to create higher levels of influential performance they have sel

Understanding the Development of Self-Reflection

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Thinking about thinking is an important component of problem solving in life. The more accurately we can reflect upon our skills the stronger our strategic approaches and potential successes in life. As we age, many of us will become more self-reflective and more accurate in understanding our strengths and weaknesses. Research helps highlight how age brings wisdom in understanding oneself and our unique approaches to learning about ourselves in life and society.  Awareness and evaluation of one’s own thinking and learning process is called metacognition. Meta meaning about self and cognition meaning thinking. Metacognition is comprised of 1.) knowledge of self, 2.) knowledge of task, and 3.) knowledge of strategies. It is this understanding of one’s abilities, the tasks that need to be completed and the strategies of achieving goals that give such persons an advantage in life.  As people age they become more self-aware and reflective of their behavior (Vukman, 2005). Thr