Most of us will need to do professional development throughout our careers. Professional development plans are an incredibly valuable tool to help you get ahead in your current job and are a fast-track to getting the job of your dreams!
Personal Leadership Development Plan
Step 1 – Personal leadership interests, aspirations, and desires
My most important leadership values are responsibility, accountability, competence, transparency, integrity, and dependability. I consider my leadership style to be people-oriented, where the focus is on motivating others and fostering friendly work teams. One year after graduating, I hope to start off in an entry-level managerial position. At this point, my proven professional expertise and limited work experience would only qualify me to be in charge of a modest number of employees at a small department. Given that I am such a first learner, my leadership experience would have grown tremendously by year five. I expect to quickly rise through the ranks to take on more executive roles. I would be happy to attain executive status in a forward-looking organization, serving as team leader of independent self-motivating individuals.
I would like to pursue career paths in business. The positions that most appeal to me are people-oriented such as Human Resource Management, non-profit, Market Research, Insurance, and public relations, and Customer Services Management.
My definition of success entails achievements beyond average personal achievements, where there is integration of personal achievements with personal value realization in the society. This implies that, besides achieving my personal objectives, I would consider myself truly successful when my contributions to society add positive value to the lives of other people in the society. Therefore, my personal definition concerns both my individual interests and the society’s.
The following is an example of a student assignment reflecting on personal and professional role development and identifying future learning needs. Note the key points highlighted in the assignment with regards to essay structure and use of evidence.
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