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What skill must a leader have to beat the competition?

In organizations whose leaders have high "Learning Agility," the foundation of transformation is established

January 26, 2017

These days, when competition is severe and the external environment changes drastically, it is said that the skill specifically required of a leader is "Learning Agility."

This is known as the "skill to quickly learn from experience and achieve success by applying what is learned in a new environment," an important element required of a leader in periods of transformation.

Among leaders who display leadership, between those who have high "Learning Agility" and those who do not, what kind of differences can be found in the organizations they control?

The following shows the survey results of 1,360 leaders from surveys that Coaching Research Institute has implemented. Regarding all 53 leadership items, evaluation scores were obtained from direct reports.

First, we extracted the 742 leaders whose scores in the 49 leadership items out of all the items, excluding "Learning Agility," exceeded the average. We separated them into two groups: organizations whose leaders had a higher "Learning Agility" score (Group A) and organizations whose leaders had a lower score (Group B). Figure 1 shows the differences between the "state of the organization" controlled by the leaders of each group.

Figure 1. Differences in the "state of the organization" between organizations whose leaders had a higher "Learning Agility" score (Group A) and organizations whose leaders had a lower score (Group B). Group A: Organizations whose leaders had a "Learning Agility" score which was higher than the average of all leaders (1,360 leaders)
Group B: Organizations whose leaders had a "Learning Agility" score which was lower than the average of all leaders (1,360 leaders)
In both the higher group and the lower group, scores other than "Learning Agility" were higher than the average of all leaders.
* There are statistically significant differences in all items (**p<.001)
* From the left, in descending order of score differential (Higher Group-Lower Group)
n=742 leaders (Higher Group: 632 leaders, Lower Group: 110 leaders)
7-point scale (1. Completely disagree - 7. Completely agree)
Survey by Coaching Research Institute, 2016

Regarding items that many leaders feel they need to beat the competition, such as a sense of organizational unity, the development of next-generation leaders, active dialogue, or interdepartmental collaboration, the chart shows that the group with the higher "Learning Agility" (Group A) got higher scores.

To effect changes and beat the competition, it is necessary to unify all members of the organization, make each member a leader, and facilitate collaboration both inside and outside the organization.

For strengthening your organization, why not consider improving "Learning Agility"?

Research Overview

No. of Samples: 1,360 leaders belonging to organizations, 11,855 direct reports.
Period: September 2012 - April 2016
Survey Method: Web questionnaire
Survey Tool: Leadership Assessment

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