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The Best Leaders Are Constant Learners

How useful would it be to possess the technology to see into the future and anticipate imminent needs? Kenneth Mikkelsen, writing for Harvard Business Review, proposes an idea that the best leaders are those who can learn quickly and adapt accordingly, basically becoming clairvoyant all by themselves. A little knowledge smartly shared and applied can go a long way.

Learn or Be Left Behind

Leaders cannot rely on detailed maps to guide them through the realm of change; they need to be able to adjust the way in which they think and then approach problems. They should learn to be content with continually “becoming,” constantly being open to learning new things. In Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2015 study, a staggering 85% of respondents are in consensus that continuous learning is quite important. Despite this, more companies than ever before are unprepared to address the new challenges dutifully. The key to this transformation of learning is to challenge the way in which we think, which allows for new ways of connecting, collaborating, and accomplishing tasks more quickly and more practically.

Knowledge Mastery

In an attempt to help leaders, a process known as “Personal Knowledge Mastery” (PKM) has been established. This lifelong learning strategy inspires professional development through seeking, sense-making, and sharing. The first phase of this method is to seek information and remain current in regards to what is deemed valuable information presently. Being connected to a network of people who can help filter the pertinent information and expose troublesome adversaries is immensely beneficial.

Once the learning is underway, it is time to put that knowledge into practice. This is centered on critical thinking, which helps the knowledge to really stick and become second nature in a sense. Along with this idea, it is good to share resources, ideas, and experiences. Passing this knowledge on or working on it beside a person provides another perspective that could have useful insight; keeping relevant helps to foster respect and trust.

The digital tools designed to help integrate PKM into a demanding schedule are important, but true mastery can only be achieved once a leader can establish trust, respect, and relevance. A leader has the power to include every member of the team in the learning process, which is important when it comes to preventing biases.

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