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December 18, 2013 by Tanmay Vora in Critical Thinking, Training and Development

When presenting the case for critical thinking, we often hear a


contrarian view about emotional intelligence that critical thinking is
important but we also need leaders to be emotionally intelligent. There
is no doubt that in a highly knowledge driven creative world, lack of
emotional intelligence can be detrimental to a leaders success. On the
other extreme, if leaders are overly driven by emotions (their own and
others), it can be equally detrimental.
We tend to look at critical thinking and emotional intelligence as two
mutually exclusive concepts on the opposing ends. The fact is that a
leader needs a fine balance of emotion and rationality to succeed.

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They need to connect with their people using emotion and decide

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what is best for them using rational thought. Critical Thinking is the
connecting link between emotions and intelligence.
In fact, critical thinking feeds and enables emotional intelligence.
Let us explore how:
1. Critical thinking is introspective. The word critical often
misleads us to think that critical thinking is only based on
soul-less data, information and evidences. According to a
definition given by Rudd, Baker and Hoover (2000), critical
thinking is a reasoned, purposive and introspective approach to
solving problems or addressing questions. Introspection when
solving problems as a team includes acknowledging the
thoughts of others, one of the key elements of emotional

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2. Emotional Intelligence is not just emotional, it is also
intelligence. Emotional intelligence is usually perceived to be
heavy on the emotion side. At the core of emotional intelligence
is ones ability to accurately perceive, appraise and express
emotions. It is also about ability to understand emotions and
knowledge that is derived from emotions. Appraising thoughts,
consciously

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acknowledging

emotions of the group members are all critical thinking skills


applied in the context of emotional intelligence. These critical
thinking skills help a leader in improving their emotional
quotient. Furthermore, any flaw in our ability to understand
emotion can lead to flaws in our decision-making.
3. Both critical thinking and emotional intelligence are about
self-regulation. In the process of thinking critically, regulating

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Self-regulation is the key competency that connects critical


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So, what does this mean for HR and Learning and Development
professionals when it comes to strengthening leadership development?
Knowing this crucial link between emotional and critical thinking
should help HR leaders and learning professionals to promote the
culture of critical thinking (refer the RED Model) where leaders
recognize assumptions, evaluate arguments and draw conclusions
based on sound judgment. It is during that stage of evaluation of

arguments that emotional intelligence plays an important role to be

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able to evaluate arguments without being influenced by ones own


emotions is an important strength in critical thinking.

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In order to build a culture of critical thinking, businesses can look at


assessing their current leadership competence on critical thinking and
assess critical thinking skill when hiring leaders.
It is a first important step in ensuring that leaders in your organization
are not only equipped to make better decisions but are emotionally
intelligent too.

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Empirical

research

suggests that people


begin

developing

critical

thinking

competencies at a very
young age. Although
adults

often

exhibit

deficient reasoning, in

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