Our society has trained us to look at everyone and everything with a critical eye. Nothing is ever good enough. We have all become quality control inspector #13. In just about any situation we might find ourselves being overly critical; thinking things like, “I wouldn’t have done it that way,” or “they could have done it this way for better results”. If a project was completed as planned, instead of taking a moment to celebrate the accomplishment, we immediately jump to conducting a post mortem to see how we can do it better next time.
As a leader it’s your job to be on the lookout for continuous improvement opportunities with a critical eye. After all, you are responsible for the results. But that’s just half the value of leading with a critical eye.