All Great Leaders Do This One Thing

According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, the best leaders in the world are the best learners: “Reinvention and relevance in the 21st century draw on our ability to adjust our way of thinking, learning, doing, and being. Leaders must get comfortable with living in a state of continually becoming, a perpetual beta mode.” In the startup world, we often hear talk about a beta launch before the official market launch of a product. While in beta mode, a startup builds a trusted group of customers who will give them feedback about what features need tweaking in order to maximize the value of the product.

The article makes the argument that all successful leaders live in perpetual beta mode—they are constantly learning from their markets, continuing their educations, and iterating their leadership styles based on current practices. In order to have a sustainable, competitive advantage, it’s imperative to actively participate in knowledge flow—to be constantly discovering new ways of connecting and collaborating so that work may be accomplished better, faster, and smarter than ever before.

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