The Role of Learning Agility in Executive Career Success: The Results of Two Field Studies
Although learning agility has been used in many companies as an important consideration for selecting high potential talent, very little scholarly research has been conducted on this construct. This article presents the results of two field investigations – one cross-sectional and one longitudinal. In Study 1, it was found that learning agility was significantly related with the following two objective career outcomes: (a) CEO proximity and (b) total compensation. The study also observed a positive relationship between learning agility and ratings of leadership competence. In Study 2, it was found that learning agility was significantly related to career growth trajectory. High learning agile individuals were promoted more often and received higher salary increases than low learning agile individuals over a period of 10 years. Implications for talent management and leadership development are discussed.
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