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Good Leaders Are Good Learners

Although organizations spend more than $24 billion annually on leadership development, many leaders who have attended leadership programs struggle to implement what they’ve learned. It’s not because the programs are bad but because leadership is best learned from experience. Still, simply being an experienced leader doesn’t elevate a person’s skills. Like most of us, leaders often go through their experiences somewhat mindlessly, accomplishing tasks but learning little about themselves and their impact. Our research on leadership development shows that leaders who are in learning modedevelop stronger leadership skills than their peers. Building on Susan Ashford and Scott DeRue’s mindful engagement experiential learning cycle, we found that leaders who exhibit a growth mindset diligently work through each of the following three phases of the experiential learning cycle. First, leaders set challenging learning goals in the form of “I need to learn how to…” For some leaders, the goal might b…

Asia's Most Expensive Cities For Expats

Asia has some of the most expensive cities to live in the world for expatriates, with Hong Kong topping Mercer’s annual Cost of Living Survey this year. Asia’s financial hub overtakes Angolan capital Luanda, which consistently topped the list in recent years, owing to the weakening of the African country’s local currency, according to the consulting firm in its press release.
The survey ranks 209 cities across the world, comparing the cost of more than 200 items in each city, including housing, transport, food, clothing and entertainment. The survey is designed for companies to calculate fair allowances for expat workers.
Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, and Singapore were third and fourth on the list, unchanged from last year’s, and Japanese capital Tokyo rose to fifth.
Half of the cities in the top 10 are in Asia. Check out the gallery to see which Asian cities are in the list.