Earlier this week, John Maxwell wrote a blog post on A Leader’s Silent Investment. I was captivated by this thought and wanted to spend some time unpacking this further with you.
I fully affirm John’s belief that personal growth is a
leaders greatest silent investment. Let’s break this down…
What makes personal
growth silent? Well, just as John said, “it doesn’t speak up, it shows up!”
Personal growth always shows up in your actions.
Why is personal
growth a great investment? Focusing on your growth will require you to pay
a price, but as John says, “it’s not a price if it yields a return. That’s when
it becomes an investment.”
Now, growth doesn’t happen accidentally. You have to be
intentional in seeking out opportunities for personal growth. I’ve always
enjoyed this quote from Bruce Springsteen, “A time comes when you need to stop
waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be.”
I believe the most dangerous trap you can fall into right
now is to make growth a priority tomorrow.
Here are four things you can focus on to become more intentional with your
1. Be reflective. Experience
is not your greatest teacher; evaluated experience is. John spends two hours of
reflection time for every hour of interaction time.
2. Be curious. George
Bernard Shaw said, “Some people see things as they are and ask why. Others
dream things that never were and ask why not.”
contributions. Pour into other people around you.John says, “The measure of success is not the number of people who serve you, but the number of people you serve.”
4. Keep it simple! Find
a resource that will help you grow and learn from it. It could be a book, a
person, an event or an ongoing program; whatever it is, start learning from it
Years ago I was listening to John Maxwell teach on growth
and he said something that changed the trajectory of my leadership journey:
“When I started my career, I was intentional about working, reaching my goals,
and being successful. I had a strategy: hard
work. I hoped that would get me where I wanted to go. But working hard
doesn’t guarantee success. And hope is not a strategy.”
After hearing these words I began asking myself some
questions that I believe will help you on your grow as well.
- Where do you want to go in life?
- What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- How can you improve your relationships?
- What obstacles stand in the way of your growth?
- Whose advice can you get to help you along the
If you want to reach your potential and become a great
leader, you have to do much more than just experience life. You will not be
able to learn what you need to along the way by merely hoping to learn. Growth
opportunities have to be seized! Get out there and go after it.
There will be a price for growth, just like anything
worthwhile, but the question is: are you willing to pay it?
One thing I can promise you from experience—it’s worth it!