Critical thinking is that mode of thinking – about any subject, content, or problem – in which the thinker improves the quality of his/her thinking by skilfully analysing assessing, and reconstructing it. Critical thinking is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and self-corrective thinking. It assumes (or takes for granted) agreeance to rigorous standards of excellence and careful (mindful) command of their use. It entails effective communication and problem-solving abilities, as well as a commitment to overcome our native egocentrism and sociocentrism (or group egocentrism).
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The role of effective mentorship within the ADF is self-evident but its effective implementation can prove challenging. This US mentoring guide was adapted for use by senior Army leaders and contains a Q&A section and other great information on the Mentoring process. We're currently developing Australian specific resources to support you further.
CDLE Command Paper 5 - 2004 is the address to the Higher Command and Staff Studies Course on 01 November 2004 by the then General Peter Cosgrove, AC, MC. His topic of address in operational leadership and the higher command environment.
CDLE Command Paper 2-2004 is a commentary and discussion on developing a Command philosophy. Developed by CDLE for the Australian Command and Staff Course in 2004, it has some timeless advice regarding how to tackle command and how to develop a command phiolospohy whether it is personal or officially promulgated.
In 2007, a research project was undertaken by Dr Nick Jans, Jamie Cullens and Dr Stephen Mugford, analysing the process of top-level strategic leadership in the Australian Defence Community.