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Personal growth is a lifelong journey of self-discovery, development, and improvement.  It involves the conscious effort to become the best version of oneself in various aspects of life.  When it comes to leadership development, a genuine and thorough investment in personal growth is key to ensuring you’re not only growing in personal aspects of your life but creating a balance that transcends into your professional life as well.  Personal growth benefits from leadership coaching can boost development for aspiring professionals to reach your career goals quickly.

The emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual aspects of ourselves demand focused attention throughout our lives in order to continue growing.  While the paths to personal growth differ from person to person, there are several key principles and practices that create the framework of growth. 


Self-awareness is the cornerstone of personal and professional growth.  It involves understanding one’s strengths, weaknesses, values, beliefs, and emotions.  Introspection and reflection are important practices individuals must use to gain insights into their patterns of behavior, motivations, and aspirations.

I can clearly recall when I was doing deep work on emotional intelligence aspects of my leadership development and being shocked at how much opportunity I had in building self-awareness as a leader.  Unfortunately, what triggered this intense focus on my emotional intelligence wasn’t as proactive as I would have liked it to be.  It was a result of a mistake I made where I failed to control my emotions and quickly came to realize I needed to step back and work on my self-awareness and controlling my emotions.

It’s common to get comfortable in a leadership role and become lost in complacency.  One lesson I learned through self-awareness discovery is that my words and actions as a leader had a significant impact on those around me.  My mood, my tone, and every word I spoke (or didn’t speak) had a major influence on others that I had not fully understood.  I saw myself as a leader who was getting the job done and helping the company succeed, but beneath that, I was having a major impact on those around me.  Some impacts were positive and some negative, but being able to identify both and continuing my leadership development meant becoming more aware of my words and actions.

Through self-awareness discovery, I realized my weakness of being a perfectionist was causing developmental roadblocks.  Instead of confidently making quick decisions and taking action, I was often crippled by the fear of making a mistake and failing.  Through self-awareness work, I was able to tap into vulnerability and work with my coach to identify the root of these issues and how to work through them.

Setting Goals

Setting goals is another crucial aspect of personal growth.  By defining clear and achievable goals, individuals can direct their efforts toward meaningful activities.  Once goals are defined individuals must measure their progress along the way and then reflect on the lessons learned.  Goals provide a sense of purpose and direction that motivates individuals to push beyond their comfort zones and pursue continuous improvement.

Accountability is something most people need support with when it comes to creating and completing goals.  How often have you decided to make a change but didn’t put the energy into creating a timeline to complete the goal or determine what steps would be necessary to complete it?  Whether through a coach, mentor, or boss, having a partner in your goal setting is often necessary to fully achieve the goals for personal and leadership growth.

Accepting Challenges and Setbacks

Accepting challenges and setbacks is essential for personal growth.  Adversity provides opportunities for learning, resilience, and character development.  By facing challenges with courage and perseverance, individuals can develop valuable skills, such as problem-solving, resilience, and adaptability, that contribute to their personal growth journey.

If you play it safe by sticking with status quo activities instead of seeking new challenges, you’ll find yourself in a rut that lacks opportunities for personal growth.  You might find yourself in a position where your boss and those around you aren’t actively challenging you so you must get out of your comfort zone and find the challenges that will spark opportunities for personal growth.  If there’s a setback along the way find a constructive method to work through it and use the experience as a learning opportunity 

Seeking Feedback

Seeking feedback and guidance from others is critical for personal growth.  Constructive criticism and advice from mentors and peers offer fresh perspectives and insights that support self-improvement.  Sharing your goals and seeking feedback from others results in support and excitement for your journey from others.  Supportive and inspirational individuals you surround yourself with help create a nurturing environment beneficial to growth and development.

Personal growth requires feedback from others in all aspects of your life.  Learning how well you communicate while teaching others, sharing appreciation, and showing compassion is key to being perceived as the person you really are.  Trust grows exponentially when you have the self-awareness and vulnerability to receive feedback and use it for improvement.

Embracing Failures

Embracing Failures is absolutely key to growth but often the most challenging aspect of personal growth.  Developing yourself to become the person you want to be and succeed as a leader results in many failures along the way.  Every great leader has faced a gauntlet of failures along the way.  It’s uncomfortable, defeating, and sometimes can lead to feeling unworthy.

The key to embracing failures is to understand that every failure is an opportunity to learn, grow, and build more self-awareness.  When failures are taken personally and we feel like we are the failure, it results in apathy and fear of investing in personal growth.  But we are not failures.  The failure is just that, a decision or situation we chose that didn’t work out.  It does not mean we are a failure for making the decision, but an imperfect human who has the ability to learn and grow through failure through self-reflection. 

Practicing Self-Care and Self-Compassion

Finally, practicing self-care and self-compassion is essential for sustaining personal growth.  Taking care of one’s physical, emotional, and mental well-being ensures that individuals have the energy and resilience to continue growing and pursuing their goals.  To give yourself the best shot at growing self-awareness there must be a holistic approach to maintaining your well-being.  Balance in life is critical for growth.  Focusing on maintaining healthy physical, emotional, and mental well-being creates balance and strength that allows more energy to be available for self-awareness and emotional intelligence work.

Cultivating self-compassion allows individuals to treat themselves with kindness and understanding, especially during times of difficulty or failure.  I’ve often struggled to give myself the same compassion I give to others around me.  This ultimately results in stunted growth, losing self-awareness, and creating self-doubt that can cripple your ability to strengthen your emotional intelligence.

Personal Growth From Leadership Coaching

It’s truly astonishing how much personal growth individuals can achieve through leadership coaching.  If you’re like me you might have spent years drawing a line between personal life and professional life.  I attempted to keep the two major aspects of my life separate for years, but when I embraced the personal growth potential through leadership development, I was able to begin to feel like a more balanced individual.  Self-compassion, confidence, and courage started to grow in me and I was able to merge the best qualities of myself from these two aspects into a single entity.  I was able to let go of the extra energy I was using to keep these two entities separate and become a more balanced individual.

Personal growth benefits from leadership coaching not only to strengthen abilities at work, it also you embrace those strengths in your personal lives.  The path through personal growth is littered with obstacles that test our resolve and unveil hidden facets of our personality.  In my experiences, introspection and guidance from my coach helped me confront my fears and insecurities, demolishing self-inflicted barriers that hindered my growth.

When people dig deeper into the intricacies of self-awareness, they often realize the journey is not merely about acquiring skills but undergoing a profound transformation from within.  You can uncover long-held beliefs and assumptions that no longer serve you, and replace them with a growth mindset grounded in resilience and adaptability.  You’ll also become more aware of the needs and aspirations of those around you, fostering a culture of empowerment and inclusivity.  Personal growth benefits from leadership coaching include having a partner to navigate the tumultuous landscape of your career path and the accountability to reach your full potential.

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Philip Hilt – Leadership & Career Coach


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