Personal Development


What is Personal Development

Personal development is a lifelong process. It is a way for people to assess their skills and qualities, consider their aims in life and set goals in order to realise and maximise their potential.

Personal development covers activities that 

  • improve awareness and identity;

  • develop talents and potential;

  • facilitate employability and value to an organisation;

  • enhance the quality of life; and

  • contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations and maximising potential.


Personal development takes place over the course of a person's entire life. 


Not limited to self-help, personal development can also include developing other people. This may take place through roles such as those of a teacher, coach  or mentor, either through a personal competency (such as the alleged skill of certain managers in developing the potential of employees) or through a professional service (such as providing training, assessment or coaching).

Among other things, personal development may offer benefits, such  as :

  • improving self-awareness and self knowledge

  • learning new or enhancing new skills

  • building or renewing identity/self-esteem

  • developing strengths or talents

  • improving a career

  • identifying or improving potential

  • enhancing lifestyle and/or the quality of life and time-management

  • improving health and well being especially via better stress management

  • fulfilling aspirations

  • improving emotional intelligence

  • growing or improving management and leadership skills



Why Personal Development is important to Individuals and


Abraham Maslow proposed a hierarchy of needs with self actualization at the top, defined as:

"the desire to become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming"

Since Maslow himself believed that only a small minority of people self-actualize his hierarchy of needs initially led to organizations regarding personal development as only occurring at the top of the organizational pyramid, while job security and good working conditions would fulfill the needs of most employees.


Over time. especially with increasing competition for talent,  development shifted from the company to the individual. 


In 1999 management thinker Peter Drucker wrote 

"We live in an age of unprecedented opportunity: if you've got ambition and smarts, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession,.....It's up to you to carve out your place, to know when to change course, and to keep yourself engaged and productive during a work life that may span some 50 years"

However, the value is not solely gained by the individual and Professors Sumantra Ghoshal of the London Business School and Christopher Bartlett of the Harvard Business School wrote that companies must manage people individually and establish a new work contract. Companies  need to recognise that personal development creates economic value: "market performance flows not from the omnipotent wisdom of top managers but from the initiative, creativity and skills of all employees".

In addition,  employees should recognize that their work includes personal development and "... embrace the invigorating force of continuous learning and personal development".

As a result Personal Development benefits both the employer and the employee.


Our Consultants bring a wealth of experience from the personnel and training fields, career development and coaching across many organisations both in the UK and Europe.


Positive Perspective will help you and your company provide valuable opportunities for staff to acquire and enhance important skills that will achieve benefits throughout your organisation.

The Personal Development Programme will cover :

  • Assessing Performance

  • Stress Management - Improving Resilience

  • Presentation Skills

  • Project Management

  • Managing Time Effectively

What does Positive Perspective offer



  The approach used by Positive Perspective has been developed by our Consultants over many years and is regularly reviewed and refined to ensure it remains relevant and effective in today's fast moving organisations.

It is largely class room based and comprises a number of engaging, thought provoking and, importantly, practical exercises to make the learning process both fun and real .


If required the Programme can be extended with other topics or augmented with additional support for attendees.

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