The best leaders know that they need to keep developing and growing in order to fulfil their true potential. In the current economic climate, where there are more and more demands on leaders to take and implement tough decisions, the need for personal development planning is probably even more important than ever. So what are the 5 key benefits of approaching personal development planning with the same rigour and professionalism as business planning?

Benefit 1: Self reflection

Just like business planning, personal development planning starts with an assessment of where you are now. To do this, you need to reflect on your skills, knowledge, experience and personal attributes and consider:

o What you do well

o What you don’t do so well

o What would make you even more effective

This self reflection is not only powerful in terms of planning your personal development but also in raising your self awareness.

Benefit 2: Clarity

Personal development planning has two key aspects to it. The first is deciding what activities and areas you want to focus on in the short term, say the next 12 months. The second is about getting clarity on where you want to take your career over the next 5-10 years. Personal development planning helps you to get that clarity.

Benefit 3: Decision making

We are continually faced with a number of choices in our work and our life. Being clear on your priorities for your career, the type of experience that you need to acquire and the skills and attributes that you need to develop helps you to take informed decisions, quickly.

Benefit 4: Long term view

We all have come across colleagues who took a promotion or job change that offered something exceptional in the short term but turned out to be a bad long term choice. While a large pay rise might look attractive, ask yourself whether the role will help you to achieve your longer term career goals.

Benefit 5: Wise investment

There is certainly no shortage of options available to spend either your own or your organisation’s cash on training and development. On the other hand you want to make sure that you make the most appropriate investment. If you have a clear goal or destination this becomes much easier to do.

Bottom Line – Personal development is no longer an optional extra. So when will you get started?

Source by Duncan Brodie