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Strategies for change/lifelong learning / leadership skills

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1. Of the mental habits that support lifelong learning, which do you feel are the most important?

2. With all of the upcoming changes, where do you see your career in the next five years?

Issues to Consider

1. Discuss the importance of lifelong learning.

2. Is it possible to develop any individual into a leader? Explain.

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1. Of the mental habits that support lifelong learning, which do you feel are the most important?

Mental habits are automatic processes that become second nature to a person. This occurs once a process has been repeated so many times that it becomes second nature. Examples are driving a car, riding a bike, swimming,

There are some mental habits however which are ingrained in us, and we don't even know about it. Some of these include virtue, honestly, independence, respect, work ethic, quest for knowledge, self-improvement...

These were all values and morals which were taught to us my parents, teachers and elders that we respected when we were children. They were then reinforced continuously throughout our lives that they eventually become second nature to us, and they get incorporated into our being. They help shape who we are, what we are striving for, what our goals are, and what our priorities in life could be.

When thinking about lifelong learning, what mental habits are critical? One example could be self-improvement. As a child, your parents always made you try harder, study a little longer, go the extra distance. Life was not about taking the easy route, or putting in half the effort, it was about bettering yourself. Learning is all about this, the more we know, the better off we are in life, and the further we could go in our career.

Another important mental habit would be independence. The more you know, the more skills you have, the more independent you can be in life. The more you learn, the more you can support yourself, the less you have to rely on others.

Respect is also an important mental habit. Respect comes in two forms - self-respect and respect of others. Continuous learning could touch on both of these branches. Someone who has self-respect will want to continuously keep on learning and improving and making a better life for themselves and their families. As well, learning brings a sense of accomplishment to a person, when you finish a degree, a course or a training session, you usually feel pride and satisfaction. This will make a person have tremendous amount of self-respect.

Respect for others is also correlated to lifelong learning. The more you learn about other cultures, other people, other countries, customs or traditions, the more you will be able to respect others. This is mental habit could only help a person yearn for lifelong learning.

2. With all of the upcoming changes, where do you see your career in the next five years?
When discussing a career path, it is important to really know where as person has come from, where they are performing at currently, and what are their plans for the future. You can't know where you are going if you don't analyze where you have been.

I would firstly like to discuss the strives that I have made in the past 4 years in the company. I started out straight from university, with little practical work experience. I was able to understand how the business worked from a theoretical point of view, but I did ...

Solution Summary

This posting looks at two main topics: Strategies for change / lifelong learning and answers questions related to these topics in depth. We look at metal habits, career changes, importance of lifelong learning and finally leadership characteristics.