This week we examine the skill of “reasoning" in a series of blogs in May and June.
Emotional reasoning is the skill of using emotional information that you detect from yourself and others in reasoning, planning and making decisions.
Feelings and emotions contain important information. For example, the level of enthusiasm colleagues demonstrate to a new idea or a change often provides insight into whether they are going to buy into and support this idea or change; emotional appeal of products and services is often used to provide insight into selling and marketing messages for marketing professionals.
When this type of emotional information is combined with facts and technical information, leaders make expansive, creative and well thought-out decisions. When leaders do not use emotional information and focus on facts or technical information only, they tend to be limited in their decision-making and could be risking low ‘buy-in’ of their decisions by others.
Why develop the skill of “reasoning”
As you develop your ability to reason you develop the essential leadership skills to make better decisions, gain commitment for ideas and manage change much more effectively.
How do you develop your skills in “reasoning?”
Having effective reasoning skills can help in work, school, and interpersonal relationships. There are a variety of ways to change your reasoning skills for the better. Engage in activities that encourage critical thought, work on altering your thought patterns, and learn to recognise irrational thoughts.
There are many ways to develop your skills in reasoning:
Engage in activities that require critical thought:
- Try new things
- Read fiction
- Play games that require reasoning skills
Alter your thought patterns
- Recognise and identify your biases
- Pay attention to the thought processes behind your actions
- Consider your options and their impact/implication
Recognise irrational thoughts
- Watch for over generalisations
- Don’t make assumptions
- Avoid catastrophic thinking
- Pay attention to how you read different situations
There are many benefits to improving your emotional reasoning
Leaders who possess this skill are able to make sound decisions based on a number of factors, have thought through and understand the impact and implications of their decisions, are able to sell and get people on board with a new concept, idea or change and effectively manage the change required.
Being able to reason is a critical skill in being a great leader. How effective are you at reasoning?