Business Today 14th January 2018 - Page 102

The Best Management Lesson I Learnt ‘Be Learning Agile’ Learning from the new kids on the block is one way to keep yourself in sync with the all that’s changing and evolving in the world today. After spending 37 years in the financial ser- BY SHIKHA SHARMA MD and CEO, Axis Bank vices industry, I am often asked about the one man- agement lesson that has made a lasting difference. For me, it has always been about learning continu- ously. In March 2017, at the annual convocation of my alma mater, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, I spoke about the need for ‘learning agility’. Let me elaborate on this. Faced with a volatile, uncertain, complex or am- biguous world, as leaders, learning agility is not something to be seen as a threat or be intimidated by. This is simply an opportunity to learn and evolve. Today’s leadership must constantly scale the learning curve. Consequently, the demand for leaders who can embrace change quickly is high. As the level of situ- 102 I BUSINESS TODAY I January 14 I 2018