Critical Thinking for Leaders                                                 Course Outline

A 3-day Prerequisite Workshop for Strategic Thinking, Planning, and Analyzing.

The Critical Thinking Workshop is designed and conducted by TALKSHOP using Communicative and Integrated Teaching Methodologies.The participants will be exposed to various practical exercises in reading, writing, thought-analyses, case studies, and critical thinking. This will also allow them to identify their strengths and areas for improvement as they polish their writing skills to meet set expectations.

The sessions will consist of 30% lesson discussion and 70% application as well as practical activities.


  • To learn how to think from a critical perspective that allows the participants to reevaluate, reinvestigate, and reengineer their leadership development initiatives
  • To show knowledge and understanding of a scenario through reasoning and comprehensive understanding
  • To give further insight without making assumptions or over-reading a scenario
  • To analyze and utilize critical thinking techniques and tools that will improve one’s sense of organization and credibility
  • To apply critical thinking skills in written reports and assessment tools

I.  Introduction

A. Critical Thinking and its Importance

B. Definition of Terms

C. The Elements of Critical Thinking

    1. Understanding
    2. Analysis
    3. Evaluation
    4. Expression

II. Critical Analysis

A. The Definition of Critical Analysis

B. Hierarchy of Thinking Skills

C. Descriptive vs. Critical

D. Critical Appraisals

E. Interrogating Scenarios

III. Dispositions of Critical Thinkers

A. Formulating Hypotheses and Explanations

B. Justifying Information

C. Collecting Information

D. Clearing Intentions

E. Giving Importance to Every Person

IV. Critical Thinking Enhancement

A. Centering and Focus on the Question

B. Analyzing Arguments and Fallacies

C. Posing Challenging Questions

D. Finding Basis for Better Judgment

E. Reasoning through Deduction

F. Defining Judgment Criteria

G. Employing Rhetorical Strategies

V. Critical Thinking Work Application Project

A. The Right Questions

B. Finding the Root Cause of the Scenario

C. Case Studies and Examples

D. Personal Case Study

    1. Critical Workplace Scenarios
    2. Identifying the Issue
    3. Step-by-step Critical Thinking Implementation

E. W.A.P. Format

    1. Starting with the Problem
    2. Introducing the Solution
    3. Answering the Problem

F. W.A.P. Panel Presentation

    1. Statement of Objectives
    2. Individual/ Group Reports
    3. Feedback and Assessment

G. The Conclusion

    1. Using Model Conclusions
    2. Summing Up
    3. Giving Your Personal Response

 Course Duration:

30 hours


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