To be a purpose driven leader and reach your potential requires being a lifelong learner. I have found the best leaders place a high value on personal growth. They know if they focus on growth then they will always be moving to the next level of success. John Maxwell wisely said, “Growth today is an investment for tomorrow.”(Click here to Tweet that) This happens when you make growth a lifelong habit.
When it comes to personal growth and learning I have found these types of people:
- People who grow only until they achieve a level of success, then they plateau.
- People who are more goal driven than growth driven, once they reach a goal they stop moving forward.
- People who don’t grow and wonder why they are not seeing success or moving toward a better future.
- People who know the importance of growth but are not willing to put in the time or effort to grow.
- And those know the importance and value of growth, so they chose to always be growing and learning.
If you want to have life time growth it requires:
Being Intentional- If you want to always be growing and learning it takes purposefully engaging in personal growth. This can be challenging because a leader’s responsibility can be time consuming. It requires making growth a priority and intentionally participating in personal growth.
Being disciplined- Personal growth demands discipline. The discipline to grow separates the good leaders from the great ones. If you want to be moving toward your leadership potential it takes discipline. Discipline in growth and all areas of your life. Remember, “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” ~Jim Rohn
Being consistent- To be a lifelong learner requires consistency in your growth. One way a leader can be consistent is to write out a personal growth plan. The plan should include the ways you intend to grow and have goals attached to them. Having and following your plan can allow you to be consistent in your growth.
Question: What are you doing to be a leader who grows for a life time? How much value should a leader place on personal growth?