A person who can critically analyse a situation is able to understand why something has happened, rather than taking a situation at face value.
Critical thinking skills often come into play with other core skills, for example, when combined with communication, critical thinkers can understand the meaning behind what’s being said. Strong analysers can use their skills to identify where improvements could be made.
Critical thinkers in the workplace are more likely to understand the meaning behind their role, which increases the chances of them engaging with the work. Plus, critical thinkers can reduce wastage and increase productivity through analysing processes and identifying areas for improvement.
People with critical thinking skills can:
- Analyse a situation using multiple perspectives
- Avoid making obvious errors by proactively considering what could go wrong
- Understand why they do the work they do