“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions”
– Leonardo da Vinci

Although many think of Leonardo da Vinci as an artist, he was also a scientist and philosopher, frequently integrating multiple disciplines throughout his work. Known for his curiosity and creativity, he was also a skilled critical thinker. Here are a few ways you can think like Leonardo da Vinci:

Cultivate a Curious Mind: Leonardo constantly asked questions and sought to understand the world around him. He was interested in a wide range of subjects, from anatomy and engineering to art and music. To think like Leonardo, ask “why?”- frequently! Doing so will open new channels of information and communication. Ask yourself – am I asking “why” enough?

Practice Observing: Leonardo was known for his keen observation powers and ability to notice details that others missed. To think like Leonardo, pay close attention to the critical things around you, and notice the small details that comprise a bigger picture. Ask yourself, what am I missing?

Engage in Creative Problem-solving: Leonardo always looked for new ways to solve problems and experiment with solutions. To think like Leonardo, approach problems with a sense of creativity and, most importantly, an open mind. Don’t be afraid to think like a contrarian or consider unconventional solutions. Ask yourself – What else can we try, and Who else can help with this problem?

Seek to Understand How Things Work: Leonardo was fascinated by how things worked and spent much of his time studying and understanding the mechanics of the world around him. To think like Leonardo, don’t hesitate to “go deep” and discover the root causes of any marginal “system” you might be dealing with. Ask yourself – What are the steps of this process that we can change, combine, or eliminate?

Practice Continuous Learning: Leonardo was a lifelong learner, always seeking to improve his knowledge and skills. To think like Leonardo, embrace a continuous learning mindset, and seek new opportunities to learn and grow. Ask yourself – How will I learn and grow today, and how will I apply my learning tomorrow?

By incorporating these simple questions into your daily work and life, you become more aware of the world around you and sharpen your leadership skills as well. And, of course, you will be thinking like the great Leonardo da Vinci!

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