How much should aspiring leaders invest in continuing education?

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Vice President Strategy ( Engineering and Digital) in Software, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
When your learning ability increases, so does your earning ability. Many people think that once they become an MBA or engineering graduate, they don't have to invest going forward. But if you keep investing some percentage of your income on upgrading your skills, you will be able to build a better career. 
CIO in Healthcare and Biotech, 501 - 1,000 employees
Education, both formal and informal, is an ongoing process that should be pursued throughout your life.  You should always allocate a portion of your time towards increasing your skillset and staying up to date on the topics that are relevant in your industry.
Director in Manufacturing, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
As an aspiring defined as first 10-15 year of work, formal education had the biggest impact on my career. Beyond 15 years experiences supplemented with focused workshops for specific skills were beneficial

In general if you consistently delivery quality on or under budget by the deadline or before you will be given opportunities to move up the ladder
Director of Technology and Library Services in Education, 201 - 500 employees
This is a deeply personal question that depends on balancing one's needs and time, given the required level of new skill attainment or refreshing previous skills. It is also highly variable when one considers the type of education in question. This does not only mean formal education, but it also takes into consideration one's personal learning network (PLN). The key is to *always* be in a mode of constant learning and thirsting for knowledge. My PLN includes professional networks and those individuals who are a part of them, podcasts, news reports, and blogs. In this field, we have an advantage that there is so much information out there to learn from informally, and we have a responsibility to sort through it to find meaningful and relevant opportunities to learn.
Director of Technology in Media, 10,001+ employees
Education is an important and integral part of growth in a professional world. Aspiring Leaders should follow 70-30 ratio, wherein, 70% they are learning, educating themselves through formal courses or through day to day on job learnings. Only with a blend of theoretical and practical education, one can achieve. The more you learn, the better you earn and this learnings should be inline with your career graph. 
Director of IT in Finance (non-banking), 10,001+ employees
The world changes every day and the nature of problems that we face are different, so the day when we stop learning, we will start becoming inefficient. Investment in the education never go a waste, as everything we learn become handy either today or tomorrow. Every aspiring or veteran leader should invest at least 2 hours a week i continuous learning. 
Director of IT in Healthcare and Biotech, 51 - 200 employees
in the beginning continuing education is all about building credibility and confidence. As years go by, management experience and track record carry more weight; however, in this field the need too update and widen your knowledge base through seminars and other training oportunities should not be missed. For those looking to move to another sector in tech the need for training is a must, regardless of job maturity.
Director of IT in Software, 201 - 500 employees
When I was in high school, one of my teachers told me something that was my guide throughout my career. He told me that every investment you make in education has at least a 3:1 rate of return, and you should never hesitate to invest money in education.
Education should be an ongoing and never-ending process. I like certifications as they structure what you need to learn, and it's easier to set expectations and assign time to them. On top, you have a 3rd party to verify that you have learned the topic to some degree.

Additional, seminars, conferences, demos and proof of concepts are valuable additions where you can learn a lot of new and trending technologies. I do dedicate a percentage of my time and income to continuing education.

IT Director in Travel and Hospitality, 10,001+ employees
Continuous development is a key trait in leaders. We should be setting the example and taking the time to invest in ourselves in order to improve
Vice President Strategy ( Engineering and Digital) in Software, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Thanks all for your expert comments!

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