The 5 Dimensions of Learning Agility (+ Why It Matters in Leadership)

You’ve probably noticed amongst your team members that everyone performs at different levels and in different capacities. That’s to be expected if you’re hiring diverse talent in order to empower your business’ wheelhouse.

But have you ever been able to pick out one or two individuals who just seem to conquer any situation you put them in?

No matter what, they just need a moment to determine what’s changed and then you’ll see them pivot with such grace, it’s almost unbelievable.

If you’ve seen it, then you’ve witnessed learning agility at its finest.

What Is Learning Agility?


How often do you find yourself in a situation where you have no idea what to do, but you’ve got the wherewithal to try and figure it out?

That’s learning agility.

Whenever you demonstrate a willingness to draw on past experiences and learn new skills to try and navigate a new situation, you’re proving that you can be agile.

Of course, it’s never fun to feel lost or confused, especially in high stakes situations, but it’s an incredibly valuable ability to be able to take the initiative to sort it out rather than give up.

The 5 Learning Agility Dimensions

You can be agile in different capacities. Not everyone is going to have the same skill set in each dimension; we all have our strengths and weaknesses.

Korn/Ferry Lominger divides learning agility into five parts:

1. Mental

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