11 Thinking Skills

I want to share with you 11 thinking skills that you can develop and apply into your life. The time a leader spends thinking will determine where they will go and what they will accomplish. That is why the skill of thinking is a must for leaders. I believe that we should spend time thinking every day (This is easier said than done). Getting in the habit of thinking is hard work but each of us can become great thinkers. Below are 11 different types of thinking and questions to ask yourself from John Maxwell. I hope reading these skills will jump start your thinking. Enjoy!

1. Cultivate Big-Picture Thinking
Am I thinking beyond myself and my world so that I process ideas with a holistic perspective?

2. Engage in Focused Thinking
Am I dedicated to removing distractions and mental clutter so that I can concentrate with clarity on the real issue?

3. Harness Creative Thinking
Am I working to break out of my “box,” exploring ideas and options, so I can experience creative breakthrough?

4. Employ Realistic Thinking
Am I building a solid foundation on facts so that I can think with certainty?

5. Utilize Strategic Thinking
Am I implementing strategic plans that give me direction for today and increase my potential for tomorrow?

6. Explore Possibility Thinking
Am I unleashing the enthusiasm of possibility thinking to find solutions for even seemingly impossible problems?

7. Learn from Reflective Thinking
Am I regularly revisiting the past to gain a true perspective and think with understanding?

8. Question Popular Thinking
Am I consciously rejecting the limitations of common thinking in order to accomplish uncommon results?

9. Benefit from Shared Thinking
Am I consistently searching the minds of others to think “over my head” and achieve compounding results?

10. Practice Unselfish Thinking
Am I continually considering others and their journey in order to think with maximum collaboration?

11. Rely on Bottom-Line Thinking
Do I stay focused on the bottom line so that I can gain the maximum return and reap the full potential of my thinking?

(From John Maxwell’s Blog, http://johnmaxwellonleadership.com/?s=thinking)

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