DCL 1.6 Instruction | Three Myths About Personal Growth and Steps Toward Reaching Your Potential

“Just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, overflowing with thankfulness.”

Colossians 2:6-7

Leadership authors Warren Bennis and Bert Nanis affirm: “It is the capacity to grow and develop and improve their skills that distinguish leaders from followers.” If you are going to be an effective leader, you must first determine to lead yourself. If you are to lead yourself, you must continue to grow. Maintenance is not leadership. Growth and improvement is what leadership is about. All organisations or ministries that continue to grow have at least one quality in common: a leader who is growing personally.


Video Presentation: John Hull, President/CEO, EQUIP


1.  Growth is automatic.  If we aren’t intentional, we won’t grow.

2.  Growth comes from information.  Information is useless if unused.

3.  Growth comes from experience.  Experience is good only if it is reflected on and one learns from one’s mistakes and successes.


 Dr. John C. Maxwell’s Definition of Success:
John Maxwell has identified personal growth as one of the three major keys to success.

Success is…

  •      knowing my purpose in life
  •      growing to my maximum potential
  •      sowing seeds that benefit others


Managing My Personal Growth

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”. (2 Peter 3:18)

As a leader, continually growing ourselves is a key element if we desire to grow our organization. Managing our personal growth allows room for growth in our organization.


Four Reasons Personal Growth Matters:

1.  Gifting without growth leads to ineffectiveness.

Talent is not enough! Example: King Saul was one of the world’s most talented individuals. However, insecurity and fear prevented him from maximizing his potential.

2.  Growth prevents personal and professional stagnation.
Have you ever felt stuck in your life/career?

3.  Your personal growth impacts your organisations growth.
What is limiting your organization’s growth? The Law of the Lid – Leadership ability determines a person’s level of effectiveness. (John C. Maxwell)

4.  Only through continuous improvement can you reach your potential.
If you don’t try to improve yourself, you may stay in one place forever.



  • In the past, how has your level of commitment to personal growth positively or negatively impacted your organisation?


Steps Toward Reaching Your Potential:

1. Make a commitment to change. Don’t just accept change, seek it!

2. Set growth goals. Start focusing on growing your area of greatest strength.

3. Learn to enjoy the journey. If you are going to spend a good part of your life doing something, you need to learn to like it!

4. Put yourself in a growth environment. Position yourself in a “pro-growth” positive environment.


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