We live in times characterised by an unprecedented rate of change. The resulting increased uncertainty and ambiguity demands new perspectives on roles and competencies of leaders. Against this backdrop, how do we as leaders nurture and guide our employees to unleash their full potential and in turn achieve sustainable organisational success? It appears that leaders who are poised to succeed in this environment are more adaptive, flexible, innovative, agile and resilient. As a result, our ability to build learning organisations in which the rate of learning exceeds the rate of change appears critical to enable us to move beyond surviving to thriving.