Leadership is about taking action while thinking is primarily about taking mental action (Click here to Tweet that). To fully engage in the mental action of thinking requires that you separate yourself from the demand of life and leadership (Both physically and mentally).
This can be a challenge because leaders can become so action and task oriented that they overlook the value and benefits of concentrated thinking. Below are 3 reasons why thinking is irrefutable in your leadership journey.
1. It assists you in finding the best solutions-
When you are faced with a problem, obstacle, or issue you can come to the best solution when you take time to think on it. The amount of thinking time depends on the size of the needed solution. The day to day problems or obstacle can be solved quickly (with little thinking time required). However, huge and seemly insurmountable problems or obstacle require that you engage in specific problem solving thinking. The best leaders take time to think fully through the problem to find the best solutions.
2. It allows you to learn from your experiences-
Life and leadership offer countless experiences. Everyone goes through successes, failures, personal accomplishments, professional achievements, memorable and less than memorable experiences. You are able to grow and learn through your experiences when you are deliberate about thinking on them. Investing in thinking about the experiences you have been through allow you to see what worked and what did not work. It can allow you to make changes so you are better able to handle the future.
3. It sparks creativity and ideas-
The principle of specific thinking is about, “taking time to think on or about a specific topic, such as those connected or related to your industry, field, niche, strengths, passions, and dreams”~The Leadership Mandate. When you concentrate your thinking on one of the above areas, it will spark your creativity and ideas for that specific area. When you need an innovative or new idea, take time to adapt this principle into your life. You will be amazed with the results.
Question: What other reasons can you add to why thinking is irrefutable in a leaders life? What are you going to do to implement thinking into your regular schedule?