From Self-Discovery to Learning Agility in Senior Executives
19 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 20, 2013
In the complex world of the senior executive, one of the single most important predictors of executive success is learning agility. This study explores non-traditional forms of executive leader development based on an integrated theoretical lens that includes learning, executive development and executive coaching theories as they relate to learning agility. In addition, we apply the Competing Values Framework for individual executive development constructs. Using action research, we focus on development options that go beyond traditional leadership training models. The findings confirm learning agility as a key predictor to executive success, and offer further insights that explain how self-discovery learning interventions (such as executive coaching) impact learning agility for senior executives. The work shows how a systemic framework with a defined process/structure and individual customization can develop learning agility in senior level executives.
Keywords: Learning Agility, Mental Agility, Self-Awareness, Executive Coaching, Resilience, Managing Uncertainty, Managing Change, Dealing With Ambiguity, Reflection, Metacognition, Complex Learning, Managing Complexity
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