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Choose to Learn

Joelle K. Jay, PhD August 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine

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In order to excel in your work, in your life or as a leader, you need to commit to continuous learning. Many leaders know this, but many more are missing the opportunities for powerful learning that could really help them get ahead on their goals. Leaders are encouraged to learn on the job. The problem is that many don’t because they are either too busy, they forget, they don’t know what they need to learn, or they don’t have the resources they think they need and end up learning by chance or command. Neither one is very powerful.

There are so many opportunities to learn, and there is so much to be gained by learning that it simply doesn’t make sense to relegate your learning to the whims of chance and command. You need to learn by choice. Learning by choice means carefully setting up your own learning opportunities based solely on what you need to obtain better results, and it is based on multiple assumptions.

Learning is leadership. Learning is an essential component of leadership. Some experts go so far as to say learning is leadership: a leader’s constant quest for the improvement of the business, people and results. As a leader, what do you need to learn? What leadership skills, strategic practices or management techniques will help you be more effective? Look at your results, and notice where there is room for improvement. What do you need to learn in order to improve those results? This is the kind of learning that supports powerful leadership.

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