Is it time to be curious?
Self-growth is about striving to become a better leader through personal growth. This is where you lay out your plan to capitalise on your strengths and work on your weaknesses in a focused manner. When you commit to self-growth, you commit to becoming the best leader you can possibly be. You also accept full accountability for your own personal development.
Self-growth requires you to be totally honest with yourself while avoiding self-criticism. You’re looking for opportunities to develop and grow as a leader, recognising what’s working for you (or not), and why. It builds upon the self-discovery and self-acceptance phases of self-leadership by using what you learned to guide your development journey.
When your development is focused on achieving the goals that really speak to your personal values, you’ll experience a renewed sense of motivation and energy for your work.
A passion for learning supports self-growth
Developing a passion for learning is critical to supporting your self-growth. If you’ve struggled in the past to feel passionate about your learning and development as a leader, the good news is that you can discover that passion. The key is to understand yourself first. Then you can focus your learning on the topics that motivate and inspire you.
Maybe you’re someone who thrives when you’re flying by the seat of your pants. If so, it shouldn’t be a surprise that a training session on planning and organising won’t inspire your passion. So how do you get passionate about learning skills that don’t easily inspire you?
The answer is in discovering your why. Why do you want or need to get organised? What benefits will it deliver? How will it move you closer to achieving what really matters to you? When you can clearly understand the benefits and positive outcomes, then you can get passionate about achieving those.
If the absolute honest answer is that it won’t benefit you – then why do you need it at all? Organisational skills are incredibly useful, but if you can’t get passionate about learning them, the chances are that you won’t actually implement them.
Instead of wasting time trying to ‘tick all the boxes’ and collect every possible leadership skill, tap into your personal values and choose to develop the skills that support them. That way, it’s easy to get passionate about it. Perhaps your ‘on the fly’ nature is linked to your desire to be innovative and creative? So why not focus your attention on skills that develop or support this?
Be curious, and embrace feedback
A sense of curiosity helps you to close your knowledge gaps and inspires a passion for learning. Curiosity drives innovation because by being curious we start to see familiar things in a new light. It keeps you engaged in what’s happening around you, and why. It also makes you more receptive to new ideas and opportunities for growth.
Part of being curious is the ability to embrace and accept feedback. Curious leaders actively seek out feedback from others because they want to understand how their actions and behaviours affect those around them. They also take steps to develop and grow, based on that feedback.
We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths. Walt Disney
Self-growth requires a growth mindset.
When you develop a growth mindset, you are able to understand that growth is a continuous thing. You’re constantly learning and growing as a leader, a continuous work in progress. Your growth is never finished, regardless of where you are in your leadership career. You can continue to develop new skills and qualities across your life, and any weaknesses are simply opportunities to gro.
Failure is another opportunity to develop and grow. Failure is an inevitable part of life, and often it’s the lessons we learn from failures that allow us to achieve the greatest successes. Being able to take the learning from your failures without getting frustrated or bogged down in self-criticism allows you to flourish and potentially reach your goals faster.
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