How could leaders grow through personal development efforts?

What qualities do you need to be successful? If you ask the question to a group of people, you will get a wide range of responses. Some would argue that you must obtain a college degree. Others will advise you to work hard. Many people will advise you to prioritize love over money. Others, on the other hand, would advise doing the exact opposite. Few people would go to great lengths to be a decent guy.

If we describe success as achieving what it takes to be content with your life, it makes sense. To that end, your personal growth process is extremely important. After all, different levels of education lead to different levels of achievement. They are hired for jobs that they believe they will enjoy, only to be frustrated. They are astounded by how much they enjoy a job they just took for the money. What is the common factor among successful people if not income, education, or skills? If you look at the majority of successful people in your life, you’ll notice that they work hard to improve themselves on a regular basis.

It is impossible to overstate the value of personal and professional growth for existing and future leaders. It’s the key to standing out from the crowd, the bridge that connects you to the goals you’ve yet to achieve. And it’s the only way to keep forging a course that people can follow.

We also spend a lot of time doing things that make us forget how short life is, like scrolling through the internet and social media for hours on end or watching TV to the point of boredom. It’s fun to be entertained, but how much time can we set aside for ourselves? For the sake of professional advancement? How much do we set aside time for personal growth, where we learn and evolve in a way that determines who we are? In most cases, it is insufficient. So try these tips out.

  1. Keep learning.

Too many people restrict their educational opportunities to those that will help them advance their careers. This is tragic because being well-educated entails gaining the skills necessary to become a knowledgeable and active citizen. Not only someone who has been qualified to do a specific task.

Fortunately, continuing to educate yourself does not necessitate a significant time or financial expenditure. Reading and learning information about current affairs, for example, will help you become more informed. You may take advantage of the often free online courses on a range of topics. There are possibly libraries, community centers, museums, and other places in your neighborhood that offer a range of classes and other enrichment programs that you can participate in while becoming a more well-rounded individual.

2. Give generously.

If the only criterion for generosity is whether or not you donate to charity, how much do you give? You’re probably not cultivating a spirit of kindness that leads to genuine self-improvement. While charitable actions and monetary and time contributions are certainly ways to show kindness, generosity is not one of them.

The practice of generosity emphasizes the importance of others’ well-being. It entails getting to know people, comprehending their needs, and being concerned about fulfilling those needs. People around you feel respected when you are generous in your relationships.

3. Work on your communication.

The walls of the already existing silos have thickened in this largely virtual environment we all live and work in, straining relationships, the flow of knowledge, and the ability to do simple things like read body language. Leaders must learn not to talk so much. Now, before you start cramming more Zoom meetings into your already overflowing calendar, think about what I’m saying.

Make time within the confines of current meetings to ensure that the goals are straightforward, concise, measurable, and time-bound. Set guidelines for virtual meeting etiquette. Most importantly, we must ensure that each team member understands their role in the mission’s success. Many teams and workers have had to adjust, which has necessitated the development of new tasks, actions, processes, and procedures. Never believe you’ve said everything you want to say.

4. Improve your ability to motivate and as a mentor/coach.

True leaders are perpetual learners who are never content with the status quo. They are constantly looking for transparent reviews and transparency processes that they can use to stay in a state of continuous improvement. They aggressively seek mentors and coaches who will train them for the next level of leadership need, not for their current level of leadership necessity. Great leaders anticipate that the battlefield will evolve and become more complex. They must plan for this. Leaders often need resources to learn how to tutor and coach direct reports effectively. This is much more critical than merely teaching them how to perform a particular task.

When the pressures of social alienation are combined with low levels of engagement (even in well-run organizations), leaders must first learn to stay motivated, and then coach others to do the same. Outside sources of motivation can be fickle. Employees need equipment and resources to remain on top of their game.

5. Be fit in the body and the head.

Physical and mental health are two crucial aspects of personal development that are frequently overlooked. Energy levels, attention and concentration, and mood are all affected by physical health. It also has an effect on your ability to socialize, engage actively in life with friends and loved ones, and show your personality.

There’s still your mental wellbeing to consider. If you neglect this, you might end up with a variety of negative consequences, ranging from burnout to strained relationships with loved ones. It’s important to think of your physical and mental health as things that need constant attention and treatment. This does not imply merely attending appointments and taking care of business when it arises. It’s getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and doing things that make you satisfied and energized.

6. Develop relationship skills.

It is incredibly difficult to be effective in any aspect of life if you are unable to relate to other people. Empathy is a quality shared by people who can relate well to others. They are intuitive, caring, and assertive when necessary. They have the ability to remain calm in the face of adversity. People with relationship skills not only manage situations well when they are in touch with others, but they also strive to develop their relationships and relationship skills on a regular basis.

You will improve your relationship skills by first recognizing any gaps in your ability to relate to others. Are you, for example, irritated with others? Do you try to stop confrontation to the point that it becomes unhealthy? When you’re aware of what you need to do, you’re more aware of these issues in your interactions with others.

Check out my related post: Why you should embrace lifelong learning?


Interesting reads:

https://hbr.org/2004/12/how-to-grow-great-leaders

https://www.businessknowhow.com/growth/

https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/improve-your-personal-development-skills

https://www.15five.com/blog/how-do-i-improve-employee-development/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/brentgleeson/2020/12/16/7-self-improvement-actions-all-leaders-must-take/

https://peopledevelopmentmagazine.com/2020/02/09/personal-development-journey/

https://blog.kevineikenberry.com/leadership-supervisory-skills/why-leadership-development-is-self-development/

https://www.tanveernaseer.com/personal-development-help-leaders-employees-grow-albin-morgan/

https://www.alleywatch.com/2020/02/5-priorities-for-leadership-self-development/

2 comments

  1. Another excellent post. Sage advice.

    I was trained in Ag science and business but I work in IT for a faith-based charity. I am not a man of faith but I do embrace the service we provide to people in need. I feel that being a decent human being is innate, supported by being raised by la loving family.

    The most nourishing work I’ve ever done was teaching basic English to asylum seekers.

    Proper bastardry is also a learned behaviour. I give you the iconic bastard Donald Trump. And Trump Lite Morrison – both of whom embody morally bankrupt, corrupt and essentially evil behaviour.

    I mentioned in another comment that I am reading President Jimmy Carter’s poetry and prose.

    What an amazing man. A peanut farmer who rose to president and retained a deeply humane and gentle piety, coloured equally by humility, and respect for human rights. He’s also a friend of rock bands and other musicians !

    His mom was a nurse caring for lepers in India.

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  2. “Physical and mental health are two crucial aspects of personal development that are frequently overlooked. Energy levels, attention and concentration, and mood are all affected by physical health. It also has an effect on your ability to socialize, engage actively in life with friends and loved ones, and show your personality”………

    Yes these factors are Very important, Thank you for all your ideas and sharing them with us 🙂

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