Here’s an interview that Michael Hyatt did with John Maxwell about personal development. In this interview, John Maxwell talks about his new book The 15 Invaluable Laws Personal Growth.
As I watched this interview, I discerned a recurrent theme for personal development; leaders need to grow. Which is so true! A living thing is one which grows and reproduces. Leadership without continuous growth and reproduction is lifeless. Think about it: If someone asked you to follow them on a journey and at some point they stopped for a long period of time, the natural response will be for you to turn around and find something else to do. Likewise a leader who is stagnant and not growing will lose followership.
Another important law of leadership that comes to mind is the fact that if you feel you have plateaued in a sphere of leadership, there is a need to find a new challenge that will challenge you to grow in order to reach the fullness of what is required of you in leadership. Your growth as a leader is a big part of your personal development.
A key point that John Maxwell helped me clarify was on developing strengths and weaknesses. He says that in area of choices, work on developing your weakness. There are certain weaknesses that we have as individuals which are influenced by our nature, but nonetheless an excuse to remain weak in. He gives the example of people with lousy attitudes. That’s an area of choice. We can choose to be polite and respectful towards others, therefore, it is up to an individual to increase in expressing him or herself kindly and respectfully (See the Importance of Good Character).
As you grow in leadership, always remember that your leadership is no leadership without leaving a leadership legacy. There is something you can teach someone else, no matter where you are in life. Focus on giving of yourself, your knowledge, your expertise and experience. Life always rewards the giver!
Watch and enjoy the video? What did you learn? What other lessons could you draw from this and other experiences? Leave a comment…