Personal Development is the pursuit of developing, honing and mastering the skills that help us become the best that we can, with all that we have. It is the reaching for and realizing of our full potential as human beings.
Personal Development is the conscious pursuit of personal growth by expanding self-awareness and knowledge and improving personal skills.
Personal development includes activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.
Personal development is a lifelong process. It’s the key way for people to stop and assess their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life and set goals in order to realise and maximise their potential.
The concept is not limited to self-help but includes formal and informal activities for developing others in roles such as teacher, guide, counsellor, manager, life coach or mentor. When personal development takes place in the context of institutions, it refers to the methods, programs, tools, techniques, and assessment systems that support human development at the individual level in organisations.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” — Will Durant
At the level of the individual, personal development includes the following activities:
- Improving self-awareness
- Improving self-knowledge
- Building or renewing identity/self-esteem
- Developing strengths or talents
- Improving wealth
- Spiritual development
- Identifying or improving potential
- Building employability or human capital
- Enhancing lifestyle or the quality of life
- Improving health
- Fulfilling aspirations
- Initiating a life enterprise or personal autonomy
- Defining and executing personal development plans
- Improving social abilities
When we talk about personal development, we mainly refer to three areas that are linked together: habits, health and career. But can professional and career development happen if there is no development in the areas of habits and health? Can someone who is not happy, healthy and fulfilled in their personal life be capable of being a happy, healthy and fulfilled employee?
In a way, you and your company are only as strong as your weakest link.
Helping your staff develop outside of work doesn’t only help them be more fulfilled in their personal life. It will also make them more productive and successful in their current roles.
Picture Maslow’s hierarchy of needs pyramid. At the top of the pyramid is self-actualization.
Maslow defined self-actualization as “the impulse to convert oneself into what one is capable of being.”
In many ways, assisting your staff in personal development is exactly about assisting them on the road to self-actualization, to becoming the person they are capable of being.
How will this benefit your company and the rest of the team?
Employees who feel fulfilled or see that their fulfillment is one of your priorities will actually be more motivated to put forward their best work.
“Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to.” ~ Richard Branson
Care about your people if you want them to care about you.
When team members see that you are willing to invest in them, they will be willing to invest in you.
If you invest in your team member’s personal development, you will start to notice that they become more proactively engaged in the company, and are more likely to put forward discretionary effort.
The way people feel and think affects how they work, how productive they are and how they relate with others.
Helping your employees on their road to personal development
It’s not just about giving them opportunities to grow within the company. It’s also not just about gym memberships.
- Have a yearly training budget dedicated to training. Use it to help team members upgrade their skills.
- Think about implementing coaching and mentoring programs in your company. Of course, there is always (or should be) a certain amount of ongoing coaching and mentoring. Make it official so that everyone will be more proactive in tracking the things they learn.
- Consider having a job rotation or a cross-training program. It will give employees better insight into the business, and into what areas they are more interested in. This will help you align job duties with their personal goals.
- Encourage team members to set learning goals. Whether it’s just a personal ambition or a professional skill, learning is extremely important for your company. Your team members will feel a confidence boost and will thank you for caring about their improvement.
- Sign your team up for an online task management or time management course.
- Allow for mindful interruptions for your team. For example, share an inspirational video, article or quote together when you know your team is least productive in the week.
- Focus on transferable skills – those skills that can be applied to different areas of life, such ascommunication, team work, assertiveness and emotional intelligence. These will benefit your team members individually in all areas of life, as well as your team at large.
- Begin an office book exchange.
- Volunteer together. Find a cause your whole team can get behind and do something about it. Not only is it a great team building activity, but making a difference as a team is also a great morale booster.
It’s important to understand that personal development is not just about career development. Allow your team members to work and reflect on their lives as a whole. Work and personal life are not separate, they intersect and influence each other.
You are probably aware by now that even the most skilled professionals don’t perform well when they are worn out and jaded.
So place extra importance on your team members’ emotional, psychological and physical well being.
They’ll thank you for it, and your business will reap the benefits.
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