Saturday, August 23, 2014
THE NECESSARY THINKING AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS
By Prof. Edward JB Kakonge
To understand the necessary skills of GOOD LEADERSHIP, you need to study, understand and practice GOOD THINKING. You should NURTURE GREAT THOUGHTS, because you will NEVER GO HIGHER than your THOUGHT.
‘Brethren, whatsoever things are TRUE, whatsoever things are HONEST, whatsoever things are JUST, whatsoever things are PURE, whatsoever things are LOVELY, whatsoever things are of GOOD REPORT, if there be any VIRTUE and if there be any PRAISE, THINK ON THESE THINGS,’ Philippians 4:8.
Things which are TRUE, JUST, PURE, LOVELY of GOOD REPORT, VIRTUOUS, PRAISE WORTHY, think of them. How does one come across and assess these kinds of things? Through GOOD CRITICAL THINKING.
We live in a world where people want to teach you “WHAT TO THINK” instead of “HOW TO THINK” this is the BIGGEST FAILURE OF OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM, where the emphasis is on WHAT TO THINK, rather than on ANALYTICAL SKILLS OF CRITICAL THINKING. There is an error in assuming that what is taught corresponds to WHAT IS LEARNED. Knowledge has value only in the heads of those who have ABILITY TO THINK WELL. Students must learn to think HOW TO THINK WELL, in order to achieve their DREAMS and reach their POTENTIAL. Dreams must be distinguished from goals; dreams are expansive while goals are limited.
GREAT THINKING PRODUCES GREAT PROGRESS.
The QUALITY of people’s thinking leads to the QUALITY of their results. Any achievement in any sphere results from THE HABIT OF GOOD THINKING. Becoming a good thinker means developing thinking skills to the BEST OF YOUR ABILITY. If you are going to be a person who can make a difference to yourself, your family, your nation and humanity, you need these thinking skills;
(i) SEEING THE WISDOM OF BIG-PICTURE THINKING.
(ii) UNLEASHING THE POTENTIAL OF FOCUSED THINKING.
(iii) DISCOVERING THE JOY OF CREATIVE THINKING.
(iv) RECOGNIZING THE IMPORTANCE OF REALISTIC THINKING.
(v) RELEASING THE POWER OF STRATEGIC THINKING.
(vi) FEELING THE ENERGY OF POSSIBILITY THINKING.
(vii) EMBRACING THE LESSON OF REFLECTIVE THINKING.
(viii) QUESTIONING THE ACCEPTANCE OF POPULAR THINKING.
(ix) ENCOURAGE THE PARTICIPATION OF SHARED THINKING.
(x) EXPERIENCING THE SATISFACTION OF UNSELFISH THINKING.
(xi) ENJOYING THE RETURN OF BOTTOM-LINE THINKING.
An invasion of ARMIES can be resisted, but NOT AN INVASION OF IDEAS! Those who crucified JESUS, PETER or PAUL, indulged in a futile exercise! Many people want to change the world for the better, but few of these think of changing themselves! Many of those who want to change the world often have NO GREAT IDEA to give the world!
Thinking is hard; that is why so few people do it. But a human mind with the ability to think well is a priceless GOLD MINE THAT NEVER runs out! Changing your thinking is not automatic; you should work hard on the processes of changing your thinking for the better. If you want a good idea, you must search for it. Changed thinking is difficult because it would demand your time and your energy, but once you get on the track of becoming a better thinker, in due course it becomes a habit; you put in every effort to become a BETTER THINKER. Learning to THINK BETTER IS A GREAT INVESTMENT IN YOURSELF. You represent THE GIFT OF UNLIMITED POTENTIAL. Changing your thinking will CHANGE MANY OF YOUR BELIEFS FOR THE BETTER. A BELIEF is not an idea that you posses; IT IS AN IDEA THAT POSSESSES YOU. Changing your beliefs about yourself or other human beings will change your (a) EXPECTATIONS; (b) ATTITUDES; (c) BEHAVIOURS; and (d) PERFORMANCE. When the entire above are changed for the better, your performance will change your life. In these changes you will LEARN HOW TO BE YOURSELF; HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR OWN STYLE; TO LIVE AT A HIGHER LEVEL; YOU WILL HAVE CLEAR AND INSPIRED THINKING; YOU WILL BECOME AN AUTHENTIC HUMAN BEING. MANY PEOPLE IN THE WORLD ARE SLAVES TO BOGUS IMAGES, struggling to impress NON-ENTITIES.
GOOD THINKERS are always on demand. They rarely find themselves at the mercy of ruthless people who would take advantage of them. Because of good thinking, they rule/manage themselves well. These people usually feel more inclined to add value to others through creative ideas. Like every human being, every good thought has the potential to become something great. These people THINK LIKE A MAN OF ACTION, AND ACT LIKE A HUMAN BEING OF THOUGHTS, because they generate productive thoughts. They take THINKING AS A DISCIPLINE AND ACT ON THEIR GOOD THOUGHTS. They BURN BRIGHTLY, WITHOUT BURNING OUT.