The Importance of Reflective Practice in the Process of Leadership Development
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Throughout time, successful leaders have used the tool of reflective practice to understand and learn from their experiences. Raelin (2002) suggests that through reflective practice we find clarity. The clarity of thought and process gained through reflection enables us to develop the skill of critical thinking (Merriam, Caffarella, & Baumgartner, 2007; Knowles, Holton III, & Swanson, 2015). Mezirow (1991) suggested that critical thinking and reflection are foundational in the transformative learning process and allow individuals to analyze and adjust beliefs through problem-solving. Therefore, reflective practice is vital to the process of leadership development and organizational growth.