Education has traditionally focused on the basic “3Rs” of reading, writing and arithmetic. However, as the ever increasing pace of technological innovation drives changes in the world, educators must re-evaluate whether the skills they teach truly provide their students with the best opportunities to succeed in school, the workforce, and in life overall.
This naturally leads to the question of what those skills are or will be, and while there are other excellent suggestions out there, Pearson’s 2014 edition of “The Learning Curve” report lists the 8 skills below as those most necessary to succeed in the 21st century.
Henry Ford, Eleanor Roosevelt, Steve Jobs, Howard Schultz, Sandra Day O’Connor, Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer …
Each of these individuals is practically a household name. They’re all inspired entrepreneurs who have left a mark in their various fields, all because they possess that certain “something” that fuels leadership.
How did they get there? After all, many of our greatest leaders are made, not born. What do these ground-breaking individuals have in common – and how can we apply those traits to the leadership and management in our own businesses?
A few weeks ago I found myself at an event where new-comers needed to introduce themselves to the regular members.
Since there were several people in the audience that needed to be introduced, our introductions were limited to three questions:
Now I was quite sure of my name and business…but I was really thrown off my game with the last question…