My last post discussed reflective action from the book, Leadership Agility by William B. Joiner and Stephen A. Josephs. Reflective action is a leadership agility skill that guides you towards making better decisions, engaging in action, and then evaluating – reflecting – on what you’ve learned so that you develop as a leader.
As the book points out, if you are leading in a rapidly changing, complex business environment, you will be facing ill-structured problems. A key challenge for leaders in these situations is that solutions to these problems aren’t predefined, nor will they have one right answer. You will be working with incomplete information and evaluating a number of plausible solutions that will require what the authors called creative agility.
Creative agility is a combination of critical thinking skills and breakthrough thinking that generate “uniquely appropriate responses that transform these ill-structured problems into desired results.” Your creative agility is supported by two capacities:
CONNECTIVE AWARENESS: The ability to hold various ideas and experiences in mind, compare and contrast them, and make meaningful connections between them.
REFLECTIVE JUDGMENT. This capacity refers to the way you determine what’s true and what is the best course of action for solving ill-structured problems – and to the way you justify these views to yourself and to others.
5/21/13: By and About Leaders
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