LEADERSHIP AT THE SPEED OF CHANGE: There's nothing more gratifying to me as a leader than helping unlock people's potential so they can achieve more than they thought possible.

Author:de la Vega, Ralph

That's why I'm passionate about leadership, and why I'm always learning, talking, and writing about it.

At a time when leaders face such a complex business environment, I'm deeply grateful to LatinoLeaders for this opportunity to share my thoughts and experience with its readers.

Leadership is tougher than ever

Never in my experience in business have I seen so much change.

Whether you are a leader in a corporate environment or an entrepreneur, you must grapple with incredible changes in technology, customer expectations, social media trends, and regulation, all happening at the same time and at unprecedented speed.

I've given a lot of thought to this quandary to find ways to help current leaders. And I've come to the conclusion that, in order to thrive in the current environment, one must learn and adapt at what I call the speed of change--or risk being left behind.

Learning at the speed of change

Innovation is happening at such a pace that you can't rely solely on traditional learning methods. By the time a textbook is published or a course is offered, two things will have happened. One, the information will be out of date and, two, the opportunity for you may have diminished, as others may have jumped on board while you were thinking about it.

Learning at the speed of change means being constantly curious, staying on top of trends, attending conferences and trade shows, learning all the time and largely on your own.

Adapting at the speed of change

But learning is not enough. Equally important, it takes adapting at the speed of change.

That's where people tend to get into trouble. We all fear change, so we tend to stick to what we know. As a leader, you must have the courage to adapt when you realize that what you knew is no...

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