6 Powerful Characteristics of Great Critical Thinkers
I believe there are 6 characteristics needed to
be a great critical thinker. Sure there may be
more but together these are powerful. Do you
1. Curiosity. Allow yourself to be curious.
Great critical thinkers tune into their desire to
continue learning and understanding how
things work. Be inquisitive about anything and
ask questions others may have but don’t ask.
2. Humility. Great critical thinkers understand
that their ideas may not be the best and that
they do not know everything. I once had a
fortune cookie that told me, “knowledge comes
from being humble” – that once you accept
that you don’t know everything you’re more
likely to continue your search for answers.
3. Ability to research. Don’t have an answer?
Aren’t satisfied with an answer? Does
something sound a little off? The ability to
research things and bring in multiple
resources will unveil a lot.
4. Active Listening. Don’t just hear what
others have to say, engage in conversation.
5. Objectivity. Great critical thinkers have the
ability to remain objective. They understand
the goal, stay focused and don’t let their
emotions (or others’) cloud their judgment.
6. Creativity. Allow yourself to be creative.
Brainstorming without judgment can spark
amazing ideas. Thinking outside the box may
create a solution. Sometimes denying
ourselves this freedom holds us back more
than we’d like to think.
You may critically think and not possess one
or more of these powerhouse characteristics.
You may even be a good critical thinker and
not possess some of these. Or you may value
other characteristics and skill sets more. But
take a moment and recognize the benefits
Now think of the people you
believe to be great critical thinkers. Do they
have these characteristics? My guess is yes.
Evaluate yourself – do you have these