How Leaders Think By Roger Martin

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In his article, “How Leaders Think,” Roger Martin presents the concept that great leaders can hold two opposing ideas in their minds at once. He names this ability “Integrative Thinking.” Having the ability to hold two views that would seem to conflict allows these leaders to develop innovative answers to strategic questions. According to Martin, integrative thinkers look beyond the obvious, consider complex relationships, see an entire problem and refuse to accept typical options. Martin theorizes that individuals can improve their integrative thinking skills through “habit of thought.” The theory is good, because like most things the more you practice the better you become. In his book Outliers, Malcom Gladwell states that it takes roughly ten thousand hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field. In other words, any amount of practice can help, but it takes years of practice to become great. As far as integrative thinking, some individuals have probably thought this way for years and have a mastery at an early point in their leadership continuum. For others like me, they may never be masters, but with practice can come improvement.
In an effort to improve, an individual can work independently on each of the areas mentioned; looking beyond the obvious, considering complex relationships and seeing a whole situation or problem. In Hill’s article, “New Manager Development in the 21st Century,” she writes about transformational experiences of new managers being
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