Is continuous education essential to achieving success as a technology leader?

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Manager in Education, 501 - 1,000 employees
Technology does not stop evolving; being a technology leader requires one stay apprised of the "state of the art".  Thus, continuous education is essential to maintaining a leadership position in tech.  However, such education need not be formal -- with the advent of the internet and powerful search engines, it's now far more important to know HOW to find information (IE: to curate viable research skills) than it is to develop expertise in any particular arena.

Maintaining self-awareness about what you DON'T know, and being able to effectively address that lack of knowledge on an as-needed basis via self-guided research, are two key skills that every tech leader must foster if they wish to succeed.
IT Operating Unit Director in Education, 10,001+ employees
Absolutely! But it does not always need to be a formal process. Having worked in hi-ed for over 30 years it pains me a bit to say that, but the reality is that education opportunities are present nearly everywhere.
CIO in Healthcare and Biotech, 51 - 200 employees
As a leader it's vital to continue learning about new technologies and growing your leadership capabilities.  
Assistant Director IT Auditor in Education, 10,001+ employees
Continuous education is essential for a technology leader or any leader, to achieve success and to maintain that success and a competitive edge. Technology is continuously evolving and also building on previous technologies. As a technology leader you have to be curious and continue to educate yourself in various ways such as networking with peers, attending seminars, reading and engage in discussions with technical sales folks. The pursuit of knowledge is a continuous process.
CTO in Services (non-Government), 51 - 200 employees
That is a definite. Continuous education is a requirement for any leader who wishes to remain relevant, but especially so for technology leaders. And continuous education doesn't always mean formal courses - the most important part is just asking your co-workers questions when a new acronym pops up or a new technology/management framework arises. If I don't feel I understand it enough from a verbal description I'll google it. If I feel it will cause a large enough shift in my workforce I'll go to the effort of gaining practical skills - like installing, setting up, and running docker/kubernetes from scratch at home so I properly understand the transition from virtualisation to containerisation.
Director - IT Infrastructure - Databases and eBusiness Specializing in Information Technology in Retail, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Yes, Continuous  education is very essential  for the success of a technology leader 
Chief Technology Officer in Services (non-Government), 51 - 200 employees
Having a growth mindset has been a value of mine throughout my career. It doesn't matter how senior you get. I would even argue that even the greatest CEOs in the world always have more to learn. The moment that you believe you have nothing else to learn is when you start to fail. You should always be looking to the future for what else you could be doing to help yourself grow, because the more skills experience you get, the more valuable you become. But it's an iterative cycle. You just keep going because, particularly in the technology world, there's no way anyone can know everything.
Director of IT in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
100% YES
Having started my career before the advent of the WWW, had I not learned and grown my skill set, I would no longer be working in the technology arena.  That kind of growth leads to more accomplishments and leadership opportunities.
CIO in Healthcare and Biotech, 201 - 500 employees
Is there really any job that doesnt require continuous education? It depends on the level of education but there will always be a level of constant learning in any role. If you look at history, the world is ever changing from the early industrial age to now. If you dont continue to improve your skills then you will be left behind.
VP of IT in Software, 5,001 - 10,000 employees
Continuous learning is a definite certainty. How one goes about learning can really vary - it can be formal structured education/classes or it can be exposing yourself to new processes and new technology. And being curious is a requirement too.

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