Who is responsible for your own personal development?

As a business owner, you are focused on developing the people around you. But who is responsible for your own development?

Most business owners wear many different hats, some they feel comfortable and experience to wear and others not so much so. But if you want to help your employees to grow and develop, you need to invest time in developing yourself as well.

If you don’t, your team and your business could outgrow you and your own career could stagnate. You need to ensure that you allocate time to focus on your own personal development, just as you would for your employees.

Lead by example

Most businesses want to see their team take time to invest in their own personal development, you need to lead by example. If you make time to learn and develop new skills, your team are more likely to follow suit. You may even be able to make suggestions to your team members, based on your own learning and development experiences.

Make use of technology

There is an ever-expanding range of learning opportunities available online. The beauty of this is that you can take courses and attend webinars at a time that works for you. Learning and development doesn’t have to involve taking several days out to attend a conference or training session. 

What interests you?

You are more likely to develop a skill if you are interested in it. You want to feel motivated and keen to develop new skills. Find a development opportunity that you are passionate about or an area you want to feel more confident in whether that is finance, marketing or presenting skills. There is no point forcing yourself to develop your skills in an area that you have no interest in, otherwise it will feel like a chore and you will be less likely to do it. 

Take a step back

Focusing on your own personal development gives you an opportunity to step back from your day job. There is a reason why the best ideas come to you when you are walking, at the gym or driving as it allows your mind to wonder. Taking time away from the day-to-day can help to provide new perspectives on things and re-evaluate your priorities. When you get back to your desk, you may have new ideas and you should feel re-energised.

At Leonherman we pride ourselves on being able to give advice to our clients on all aspects of their business. Get in touch if you would like to discuss your business plans on 0161 249 5040