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Too Busy to Improve?

Too Busy to Improve?

Let’s have a heart-to-heart conversation about why so many leaders feel they are too busy to focus on their own personal and professional growth. It’s a common struggle. Most managers are responsible for driving certain metrics. They are in a leadership role to make sure things are getting done. But growing as a leader is important so that you can more easily drive those company results. It comes down to you. Are YOU willing to invest in your own development, or just watch a video on leadership, read the latest business book, and just call it a day? Some say, sadly rightly so, that their organization doesn’t support real growth of leaders at all levels with time or resources. We get it. The truth is, the only thing you can control is you. Let’s start there.

Sometimes, even subconsciously, saying that you are just too busy to improve is a cover, protecting you from the discomfort of stepping into the unknown. Growth requires admitting that there are areas where you can improve and being open to the possibility of failure along the way. Remember, acknowledging you aren’t perfect is not a weakness.

Now let’s look at the notion that you don’t have time for personal development. It’s not about having time; it’s about making time. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, and it’s up to us to choose how we spend them. By investing in your growth today, you’re laying the foundation for a more resilient and capable version of yourself tomorrow.

As a manager, it’s easy to get caught up in the never-ending cycle of meetings, emails, and deadlines. But if you’re constantly putting out fires and neglecting your own needs, you’re not serving anyone – least of all yourself. Set boundaries around your time and energy, and prioritize activities that nourish your personal and professional growth. Remember, self-care is not selfish; it’s essential for your well-being and effectiveness as a leader.

Will you make mistakes as you go along? Sure. Sometimes we fail, make messes, and have to course correct. Smart leaders realize that every setback is a chance to learn, grow, and become more resilient. Don’t let fear get in your way. Embrace the discomfort, knowing that on the other side lies growth and fulfillment.

You don’t have to navigate the journey of personal growth alone. Seek out mentors, peers, and colleagues who can support you on your path. Share your goals, celebrate your successes, and lean on others when you need guidance or encouragement. There’s coaching, and training that you can take advantage of as well that, with practice, can help you grow as a leader. By working together, we can achieve so much more than we ever could alone.

Remember, you are worthy of investing in yourself. Your growth and development matter, not just for your own sake, but for the sake of those you lead. Take a deep breath, embrace the fact that we are all unique leaders who can all benefit from continuing to grow and learn as leaders. Remember, investing in yourself is never time wasted. You are investing in your future success.