Personal Growth is the Way of Good Leadership
“Life is always in session are you attending classes?” – JSP
A life well lived takes much thought, careful planning and self-discipline. Charting a course and remaining committed to a personal growth plan moves you to the head of the class with other lifelong learners.
Good Leaders are Intentional About Personal Growth
Lifelong learners pursue their purpose, prepare for personal growth and are highly intentional about the process. No one reaches their potential by accident, they reach it by design. Being committed to intentional living requires character, and character is the foundation of leadership.
John C. Maxwell says, “Character growth determines the height of your personal growth. It comes as little surprise that people want to work with people of good character. No one likes to work with unreliable people. But before you or I work with any other person or follow any other leader, whom do we have to rely on every day? Ourselves! That’s why character is so important. If you cannot trust yourself, you won’t ever be able to grow. (1)
Pursuing Personal Growth Gives Promise for a Brighter Future
When you are always learning you have a higher probability of always leading. Growing companies look for growing leaders because they develop growing people. The lifelong pursuit of personal growth increases your leadership potential and adds value to everyone who works with you.
Lifelong Learners Successfully Navigate the Seasons of Life
We all know that time waits for no one and we all age with each passing minute. Making the best use of the time you have with an eye toward personal development, increases the probability you’ll be successful in the future.
As you grow older you must pay closer attention to changing capabilities and efficiency in workload capacity. Personal growth requires a growing self-awareness in each season of life. Know when to make adjustments for times of recreation and relaxation.
Learn from your Past Regularly assess your past wins and losses. Uncover why you won and why you lost in each occurrence. How can you improve in those areas?
Understand the Present Be conscious of where you are and what you’re doing now. What steps did you take to get here? How does your current situation fit in with your personal growth timeline? Assess your character development, emotional attachments, personal motives, and desires. Are you still aligned with your life’s purpose?
Anticipate and Prepare Your Future
Where do you need to go from here and what is required to get you there? How much will it cost and how long will it take to reach your next benchmark? What personal changes must you make to move forward?
You Need Trusted Mentors
Sandja Brugmann says, “Enjoy the journey to get there, and most importantly, find good mentors who have walked the path. You will not be able to get there by reading books and articles on your own. I have had some incredible mentors in my life, and I continue to consult with them on a regular basis… We are all blind to our own sabotaging behaviors. That is why we need trusted mentors.” (2)
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“The Clock is a Motivational Tool for Those Who Live Intentionally” - JSP
The clock is always ticking, and leaders committed to lifelong learning making wise use of their time. Read, write, and spend time with quality leaders to further your personal growth.
Be Inquisitive – Research everything and ask quality questions Hold Yourself to a Higher Standard – Settle for nothing less than excellence Bring Out the Best in Others – Encourage and challenge people to be their best Be Fully Present with Everyone – Be intentionally all in all the time with people
“It is our highest purpose as human beings to live with a focused commitment to our inner growth” – Sandja Brugmann
(1) “How Successful People Grow” by John C. Maxwell (2) “Here’s Why The Best Leaders Focus On Personal Growth” by Sandja Brugmann in LEAD December 5th, 2015
*** This article was authored by John Picarello, Chief Leadership Officer at Lions Pride Leadership Co.***