Thought Leaders. The term itself is symbolic of grandeur, success and ambition – more curated towards leading people from the front than following a written, cliched code of conduct.

The idea of being a thought leader and a pioneer of sorts has a lot of proclivities and clauses attached to it. Most of which is rooted in the idea of becoming one.

However, one might wonder about the genesis of a thought leader. Are they born? Or are they moulded? The answer, albeit not unique gives a semblance of hope to hard-working, ambitious commoners like us who aspire to do great things in life. With proper learning methodology, a student at any stage of education can enhance their mindsets and create a growth-oriented architecture for themselves. In this article, we have a go at the most common processes and procedures you can follow to create an efficient learning curve for yourself.

Building an exponential mindset involves peppering ideas and methodologies with curated assignments and the problem-solving environment that comes with an apprenticeship. Harnessing the innate ability to apply solutions - the idea of creating an exponential mindset is to inculcate action learning through developing relations and gathering experience.

On that note, the 70:20:10 model offers quite a simple solution. Based on research by various researchers at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) , the model aims to guide the development of leaders and modern thinkers.

Divided into categories, the model recommends a ratio -

  • 70% Challenging assignments – On-the-job experiences, tasks and problem-solving.
  • 20% from Developmental relationships – creating feedback loops and observing role models.
  • 10% from Courses and Training – formal development and reading in a classroom

The model also suggests that a single focus on formal training is inconsequential for the development of leadership ability in students of any training or age. Formal training represents only a small fraction of how people learn and develop - the kind usually modelled at a consistent curriculum in schools.

A similar set of learning methodology is followed at SOAL to create a hybrid learning process that utilizes live experiences and feedback loops through classroom programs. Meta-Learning Apart from the famed Pareto principle and the parroted, meta-learning works on the principle of intent-oriented learning of deconstructed skills.

While Wikipedia defines meta-learning as, ‘the process by which learners become aware of and increasingly in control of habits of perception, inquiry, learning, and growth that they have internalized’ - we prefer a more practical take on it.

Based on the concept of metacognition, meta-learning presents a fluid relation between synapses - relating information with environment and building thought about the learnt concepts. And where this is seemingly simple, the idea of meta-learning is oft missing from conventional classroom programs.

For a layman, meta-learning can be defined as giving thought to the learnt concepts. In other terms, thinking about one's thinking process such as study skills, memory capabilities, and the ability to monitor learning are the constituent elements.

Categorized into separate factions of learning and its implementation, meta-learning or cognition is based on -

  1. Content knowledge (Declarative knowledge) - The material in question

  2. Task knowledge (Procedural knowledge) - The What, the how, the when, the where

  3. Strategic knowledge (Conditional knowledge) - The why with the apparent situational conditions

Creating Cognitive hooks The idea of creating cognitive hooks resembles that of enhancing one’s recall power through anchors in learning. In what could be characterized as hooks, students trying to learn can establish multi-dimensional relations between concepts, ideas and problems to come up with quick solutions as well as home in on the concept that they’re trying to learn.

A keen example that can be considered for creating hooks is remembering rhetoric or metaphors related to concepts. Or even using quirks and seemingly intuitive gibberish to derive meaning from concepts. Although cliched, the alphabet equivalent to the planet sequence is one such example.

There. You have a roster of learning techniques you could use to expand your horizons and gauge what it takes to a thought leader. The premise of being a thought leader is not just to expand one’s arsenal of knowledge, but to help create solutions useful for people and society as a whole. Add to that, the inadvertent ability to pick concepts like Will Hunting (Good Will Hunting), and you have yourself a satiated mind, able to dive in anything you want.

At School of Accelerated learning, we utilize these and several other methodologies to create an efficient and optimal learning path for our students. With our organized and research education courses, you too could realize faster learning directed at future-proof skillsets. Have a go at our Product Engineering program and see if you have what it takes to be a pioneer.

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