Leadership Essentials: Critical Reflection
Critical reflection means to contemplate with evaluation, through questioning and examining knowledge, beliefs and possible changes that need to be made. You think about your practice, for example in the workplace, and ask yourself probing questions about what has happened in the past, and/or what is happening now, about what worked well, and what did not work well. You are then able to draw conclusions and learn lessons about what might happen in the future, and how you might need to respond.
‘Leadership Essentials: Critical Reflection’ provides an overview of why critical reflection is essential for leadership capability and includes ‘Top Tips’ on how critical reflection can help you become a better leader.
The Essentials leaflet is supported by three Spotlights that look at critical reflection in more detail to help you improve your leadership skills:
- Reflective Practice
- Critical Thinking
- Action Learning
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it"
"Action Learning is a process that involves a small group working on real problems, taking action, and learning as individuals, as a team, and as an organisation"
World Institute for Action Learning (2017)