Learning Agility: The Core Competency Needed for Today’s Leadership


Learning agility isn’t like IQ.  It’s the ability to take business lessons you’ve learned and apply them in new situations.

The Center for Creative Leadership studies have repeatedly shown that the ability to learn from experience is what differentiates successful executives from unsuccessful ones. They describe Learning Agility as those with openness, willingness to learn, curiosity about the world, a willingness to experience new things, good people skills and a high tolerance for ambiguity.

Leaders who are agile exhibit the following six characteristics*:

Innovating: They are not afraid to challenge the status quo.
Performing: They remain calm in the face of difficulty.
Reflecting: They take time to reflect on their experiences.
Risking: They purposefully put themselves in challenging situations.
Defending: They are simply open to learning and resist the temptation to
become defensive in the face of adversity.

Follow this link to read the full article in HR Executive.  Also download the whitepaper *LearningAgility written by The Center for Creative Leadership. 

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