If you’re the type of leader who is constantly pouring into everyone on your team, you miss developing yourself. Yes, even leaders need a personal development plan.
“As a leader, the first person I need to lead is me. The first person that I should try to change is me.” – John C. Maxwell
Everyone needs a personal development plan. People like to be stretched and growth should be the norm. Personal development is not about being overwhelmed or spending your time feeling underwhelmed, it’s about striking a balance.
Create a healthy growth process that becomes fun. Growth doesn’t have to be painful. Growth is essential, it creates motivation and momentum. Be strategic about where you will focus your efforts and establish a setting where growth is good.
Having a personal development plan requires that you’re patient with yourself. Tune in and nurture your needs, respecting your own personal growth journey. Once you’ve decided the path you want to take, consider using an accelerator like a mentor or a coach.
Stop trying to figure everything out in isolation. That leads to negativity, underwhelm, and burnout. Once you’ve selected a coach or mentor, trust them, trust the process, and do the work (yes, you have to put in the effort). Expect setbacks and failures along the way. And when they happen, lean on your coach to guide you through them.
The first step in kick starting your personal development plan is to make the decision. Making the decision has to come from inside of you, it can’t come from anyone else. If you don’t want the change or aren’t ready for it, then expect to struggle.
If you want different results, you’ve got to do something different. When you’re committed but need the extra help, pay for a coach or enlist the help of a mentor.
Staying on track with your personal development plan requires being flexible. If things aren’t going as planned, it doesn’t mean that you’re falling short.
Expect to feel like quitting, the path happens differently for all of us. It could indicate that there’s a different opportunity that you hadn’t considered. If you’ve hired a coach, trust them and apply yourself. You’ve got to do the work!
What’s one way you will work on your personal development to become a stronger leader?