Episode 17

Published on:

28th Jul 2020

Planning for Personal Growth

Planning for Personal Growth

Personal Growth Initiative

No matter your profession or your role as a leader, it is well known that personal growth and professional growth are linked. Yet, what is not as well understood is the significance of the lag in your personal growth on the outcomes you deliver as a professional. 

Just as balance is needed in your technical skills, called hard skills, and your people skills, called soft skills, so is balance needed in personal and professional growth.

Researcher Chris Robitschek and her colleagues have validated 4 elements critical to personal growth. Last week we talked about “Readiness for Change”. This week we are going to talk about a second skill validated through research that makes a difference in your personal growth: “Planfulness”.

In his book, How Successful People Think, Leadership expert John Maxwell shares several reasons why strategic thinking will help you to grow. Here are three:

 #1: strategic thinking simplifies the difficult

Consider the exercise: STOP, START, and CONTINUE

#2: strategic thinking prompts you to ask the right questions

Consider the exercise: Clarify, Reflect, Confirm  

#3: strategic thinking prepares you today for an uncertain tomorrow

Consider your core values

Some examples of core values:

  • Faith
  • Integrity
  • Community
  • Appreciation
  • Creativity
  • Knowledge
  • Balance
  • Compassion
  • Success
  • Competency
  • Growth
  • Excellence


Let what you value drive your decisions.

You can reach me at https://www.healthyleadership.online/. On this webpage you’ll see a free 15-minute call. Reach out to me and let’s discuss how I can best support your growth and development.


Maxwell, J. (2009). How Successful People Think. Center Street: New York.

Robitschek, C., Ashton, M. W., Spering, C. C., Geiger, N., Byers, D., Schotts, G. C., & Thoen, M. A. (2012). Development and psychometric evaluation of the Personal Growth Initiative Scale – II. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 59, 274-287. doi: 10.1037/a0027310

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The Art of Leadership
Experienced leader, Niña Ellison, focuses on those seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest skills a leader will ever learn.
The Art of Leadership with Niña Ellison focuses on the soft skills of leadership, their value and the power of their influence. As a leader, if you are interested in moving from success to significance then balancing both hard and soft skills is essential! These seemingly opposing skills complement rather than compete with each other. Hard skills are demonstrated through technical expertise that results in clearly measured goals being reached. They are vital to the success of any initiative or program. On the other hand, soft skills emphasize the transformation of people more than the transaction of tasks. They highlight behavioral changes and making a difference in people’s lives. This podcast is for leaders who are seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest soft skills a leader will ever learn. You can connect with Nina at https://www.healthyleadership.online

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A leader with over 20 years of experience empowering others to consistently deliver excellence that results in increased growth for the leader, the team and those they serve.