Everyone’s goal in this life should be to grow into a better person than they were the day before. I mean, if you are not willing to become better, shouldn’t you just be dead?Personal development is essential to business and our personal lives. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be the same person. I want to grow and develop into a stronger version of me. If becoming better is going to take place in your life, you’re going to need to make some goals.
You cannot just sit around and not make any plans on being better, stronger or wiser. If personal growth is what you want, you’re going to have to take the necessary steps.
When you are in management or really any position (don’t think that because you are not a manager, this isn’t for you, we are all leaders), we need some personal development goals.
GOALS ARE IMPORTANT
It’s so important that we set goals. I cannot stress this thought enough. Goals keep us on the right track – striving for something. Someone suggested that if you do not have any goals, then you’re just floating through life.
Take some time and focus your attention on these development goals that potentially could make you a better leader.
Here are a few goals that all of us should be working toward:
BE A GOOD LISTENER
I think, as a leader, it’s important to know that you do not have all the answers. You need to take the time and listen to what other people have to say. Listen to your employees and ask them what they think often.
BE A DEVELOPER OF PEOPLE
Learn to help people develop.If you do not have any goals for yourself, and you are not willing to help yourself grow as a person, you’re not going to care about others and their need for development. In business, it’s essential to shift the attention off yourself, and develop those around you. A strong leader makes those around him strong.
UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE LIMITS, KNOW YOUR LIMITS
Remember, you can not do everything. You are not superman, no matter much you think you are.
You need to delegate. You need other people to come beside you and help you. One of the greatest follies of any manager is not allowing people to get involved. Delegating is essential to expanding your workload, and being able to get work done beyond the ability of one person.
BE WILLING TO LEARN
Take the information from this blog and grow personally. You have to be willing to learn. In all of the development skills that managers miss the most, it’s willingness to learn from others and from their own mistakes. Just because someone is at the highest position that a job has to offer doesn’t mean that you don’t have anything to learn – you can always be better in everything that you do.
Time will destroy you if you are not a manager of it. Make sure that you are using your time wisely. Every leader has the same amount of time in one day, why is that some get far more accomplished?
Time management is an essential goal in our life. Consider these thoughts: -Use time management software -Attack the most important task first in your day -Don’t let things sidetrack you from the most important things -Make sure that you take breaks to clear your head -Follow a schedule for each day – stay close to the schedule-Always be ready for the unexpected
LEARN TO RESOLVE CONFLICT
Conflict is everywhere. You have to develop skills that will help you handle conflict. I recommend creating a personal policy in how you should react to each conflict. With a plan in place, this will help you keep your cool and follow a trusted direction.
DEAL WITH FAILURE CORRECTLY
Guess what? One day you are going to make a wrong decision. We need to have the right perception when this happens. Think of your mistakes in this way, not that you made a mistake but that you found out a way that doesn’t work. No sweat – mistakes happens.
You have to handle yourself correctly when that takes place. Many people try to cover up their mistakes. Just accept the wrong and move on. Every great leader has made mistakes.
Okay. Here we have it. We have some homework to work on this week and the days ahead. Here are some points to help you learn at a faster rate. Take some small recipe cards out and write down these development skills. You need to remind yourself often and keep a journal of your progress.
Work at making yourself better – that’s the goal. The road of development may be a slow progress, but if you are making steps forward, that’s what is important.