As you dig into a topic, new information often emerges that brings you closer to the answer you are looking for (which may different to what you thought it would be! Active listening: Don’t be a passive listener during a conversation or discussion, instead actively try to participate.
This will force you to ask questions that will allow you to distinguish facts from assumptions.5.
Objectivity: Good Critical Thinkers are able to stay objective.
They stay focused on their goal and don’t allow their personal emotions (or those of others) to affect their judgement.6.
Humility: Good Critical Thinkers acknowledge that their beliefs and ideas might not always be the best, and that they cannot know everything.
There is an old saying that goes: ‘Knowledge comes through humility’.“We introduce it at the beginning of the year, but then it just becomes part of the shared language.The teachers use it over and over again in the context of the lessons they teach.”, believed about education—that hands-on experience is the best way to learn. Aside from engaging in classroom lessons, they spend 10 to 12 weeks on subject-specific projects, then share their findings in a “showcase” before classmates, teachers and parents.Creativity: Be creative and enter a brainstorm session, for example, without any prejudices or opinions.You will be surprised at the ideas and solutions that arise!As I mentioned, they don't come naturally to everyone.But when they are aware, some people are able to manifest them when necessary. Those who are not aware but still claim to be effective critical thinkers.In the 2018 North American Pulse of Internal Audit report, 95% of chief audit executives (CAEs) stated that critical thinking skills are essential to their function's ability to perform its responsibilities. Critical thinking is as much about who you are as it is about what you are capable of.When asked the degree to which their teams possess this skill, 95% of those same CAEs strongly or somewhat agreed that their teams adequately possess this skill. Expectations of internal audit functions have evolved and internal auditors at all levels need to be able to provide value beyond finding something right or wrong.Leaders who do so can drive teams down dangerous paths quickly or make decisions with disastrous, long-term consequences. Don't assume you're a strong critical thinker just because you think it's expected.Instead, challenge yourself, be aware of these qualities, and set aside the time to apply them.