How to Be a Better Leader with Elastic Thinking

Where do good ideas come from?

And why do some leaders seem to have them in abundance, while others struggle to generate one?

The answer is elastic thinking, which Leonard Mlodinow’s Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Constantly Changing World argues.

Elastic thinking is defined as a bottom-up cognitive style that frees the mind to generate and integrate novel ideas.

While logical analytical thinking is useful for solving problems we have encountered before, elastic thinking allows us to successfully understand and respond to change.

By developing our elastic thinking skills, we also learn to reframe our own questions and experiment, accept failure, ambiguity, and contradiction, let go of conventional ideas and preexisting assumptions, and leverage imagination to generate and integrate more ideas.

But, do we need to think elastically to be good leaders?

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