Quality Thinking System
Dr. Colella states in the Pathways to Self-Empowerment that “Change is a vital part of all of our lives and life is a continual process of decision making.” In essence, an individual controls their own destiny by believing in their own power to create change and accepting responsibility for one’s life. Our beliefs, embedded in our sub consciousness from years and years of programming by our parents, our teachers, our clergy, and others, may be leading us astray and sapping us of our strength to make changes. I found Dr. Colella’s reference to “creative visualization” extremely interesting in providing a method to effectuate behavioral changes. Author Shakti Gawain, in her book “Creative Visualization,” describes various ways that creative visualization may be used to create a new way of thinking and a new way of living. Many of us have years of negative thought patterns floating in our sub consciousness to overcome and it will not change overnight.
As I was “thinking through” the Quality Thinking System, I couldn’t help but be reminded of positive reinforcement – for myself through positive self-talk, positive feelings and positive images. As a parent, I believe in the value of positive reinforcement with my children and with providing them guidance that makes them feel good about themselves and their accomplishments. As a firearms instructor, I provide positive reinforcement to my shooters in hopes it will increase their confidence during skill set development. Clearly, the Quality Thinking System is designed to provide us with the abilities to make us feel positive about ourselves and to make decisions that change our lives for the better. This enhances our self-assurance and self-confidence, good qualities to have for effective leadership.
As the course syllabus states, “the greatest leadership challenge facing organizations is the maximizing of the development of human potential.” An effective leader must have the
References: Gawain, Shakti. (1978) “Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Life.” Saunderson, Roy (2013) http://www.trainingmag.com/content/talent-tips-positive-leadership-being-and-doing Cameron, Kim S. (2008) “Positive Leaderships: Strategies for Extraordinary Performance.”