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11th edition of the international Drucker Challenge Essay Contest

LEADERSHIP AND CRITICAL THINKING
How to foster critical thinking skills in critical times?

What makes someone an effective leader? For one thing, people look for leadership from those they trust to exercise good judgment. Not every decision can be simply data-driven; many involve difficult tradeoffs among competing priorities, or calls that must be made based on limited information (as in making plans for the future). Great leaders are able to objectively analyze these complex and often politicized situations and arrive at their own conclusions. They have a high capacity, in other words, for critical thinking.

Your essay should offer a point of view on whether the emerging generation of leaders is being sufficiently prepared to exercise the critical thinking required of them. What conditions of the twenty-first century are making this more difficult—or in what ways is critical thinking better supported than in the past?

Showcasing your own powers of independent thought, your essay might address matters such as the following:

How can one discern truth in the jungle of rumor, media, social media posts, websites, analytics, statistics, influencers, etc.?

How do you develop, expand, retain critical thinking skills in yourself?

What actions would you recommend to cultivate more critical thinking—whether at the level of the individual, the team, across society or cultures?

How can we benefit from cultural differences in thinking styles-for example, between East and West?

What lessons have you learned from observing leaders who have exercised good (or bad!) judgment?

Suggested reading: Peter Drucker Managing Oneself; The Effective Decision

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Craig Zelizer

Craig Zelizer

Dr. Craig Zelizer is the Founder of PCDN.global, which connects a global community of changemakers to the tools, community and opportunities to build careers of impact and scale change. He has strong experience in the development sector, academia and social entrepreneurship. From 2005 to 2016 he served as a professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University (where he still teaches). He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. Dr. Zelizer spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.
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