The habit of daily personal growth is essential when it comes to your leadership and life. The fact is if you want to be an effective leader, reach your potential, and consistently deliver results you will need to always be growing yourself. We often hear about the how-to topics of personal growth. How-to increase your leadership skills, areas of strengths, or productivity. The how is needed but to value and engage in personal growth requires knowing the why. Below are 5 reasons why leaders should engage in daily personal growth:
1. You remain sharp
The sharper you are the better you will lead. A leader becomes and remains sharp by engaging in daily personal growth. The blade on an axe becomes dull if left unused for a long time. Similarly, your skills and abilities will become ineffective if you are not sharpening them on a daily or regular basis. This is why you need to grow and develop yourself, so you will remain sharp in your leadership position. When you implement daily growth the results are an increase in productivity, confidence, energy, creativity, and effectiveness. The best leaders value the process and benefits of personal growth. Take time for daily growth to remain sharp.
2. You remain beside (or even ahead of) the learning curve
Everyday new information and technology is being created and released. Today’s knowledge or breakthrough ideas, thoughts, or products will soon become irrelevant since the world is ever changing and advancing forward. The definition of a learning curve is “the rate of a person’s progress in gaining experience or new skills.” To remain beside or even ahead of all the new knowledge and information being released you need to engage in daily growth. Failing to maintain a growth habit will negatively impact your leadership abilities and effectiveness. Your goal should be to learn and focus on the relevant information you will need in order to remain competent within your role and chosen field. It’s about being specific about the growth topics you study and learn. Take time to determine the specific growth areas you will be concentrating on, then be intentional about daily growing in those areas.
3. You add the most value-
When you engage in daily personal growth it allows you to add the most value to your team. The next step after you grow is to empower and equip those you lead with the knowledge and information you learned. Great leaders understand the purpose of personal growth is not only to benefit themselves but also those around them.
Daily growth assists you in creating an environment of learning were each team member is excited and intentional about implementing a personal growth plan. Powerful things happen when you consume personal growth content on a daily basis. It allows you to possess the knowledge and wisdom to provide advice or insights whether it’s during an impromptu conversation with one of your followers or during a planned training meeting. Grow not only for yourself but for the benefit of those around you. Be intentional about being an overfilled reservoir of value adding advice and insights by taking the time for daily growth.
4. You are more interesting
Being an interesting leader is an essential quality to possess. The word interesting is defined as “engaging or exciting and holding the attention or curiosity of another.” Reading this definition we can see those who are interesting will have a higher degree of respect and influence with those they lead. Daily growth allows you to learn and retain interesting information. When you share and weave what you learn into your leadership style you will in turn be or become an interesting leader. Being interesting offers many benefits. You will be able to hold an increased number of intelligent conversations and share new or fascinating topics. This maximizes your leadership and helps captivate those you lead. Choose to be an interesting leader by engaging in daily personal growth.
5. You secures your leadership position
Lastly, one of the most important reasons why you should engage in daily personal growth is to secure your leadership position. When you grow daily you will learn the skills and abilities which cause you to remain effective in your leadership roles. Those who grow have a higher probability of remaining the leader and achieving continual levels of success while those who don’t grow eventually cap themselves off from reaching their potential or being successful. A failure to grow often causes a leader to fail or become ineffective. Secure your leadership and influence by being intentionally growing yourself on a daily basis.
Questions: Can you add to the list, why should leaders engage in daily personal growth? Have you discovered your why to grow yourself? What is it?
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