Peter Drucker’s “Managing the Nonprofit Organization” was a required reading for a class I took credit-by-exam. In the last chapter or part he writes about self-development. The importance of developing as a person, first, as an executive, and as a leader.
While he writes particularly to leaders and the subject of leadership, these principles and practices may also be applied to personal development.
I want to share these highlights that spoke volumes to me …
* “You” are responsible for ‘your’ own self-development. “You can only make ‘yourself’ effective — no one else.”
* The first priority is to strive for excellence. That’s a given.
* “Self-development means acquiring more capacity and also more weight as a person altogether.” Develop whatever you do so that it is bigger than when you initially began to do it.
* With self-development comes self-renewal.
* Take a bigger view of yourself through accountability and responsibility. Not in the sense of vanity or pride, but as self-respect and self-confidence. These, once gained, cannot be taken away from a person, they are outside and inside of me.
So, I encourage you to GROW, you’re the one responsible.