What sets highly successful leaders apart from the rest? Agile learning does, and entrepreneurs are better at it than corporate executives, according to The Korn Ferry Institute. They should know. The Institute researches leadership and has found that the ability to navigate through novel situations—and to learn from experience without becoming rigid—is a key leadership skill set.
Agile learners are better able to work through complex problems drive innovation and grow a bottom line. The three traits characterize of an agile learner:
- Tolerance of ambiguity: Comfort with vague or contradictory information and the ability to make decisions when things are uncertain.
- Intellectual curiosity: The extent to which a person is likely to tackle problems in a novel way, see patterns in complex information, and pursue deep understanding.
- Emotional intelligence: The ability to influence, collaborate, and communicate effectively with others and use interpersonal awareness in a way that advances collective goals.
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