SWOT Analysis in Personal and Professional Development
My professional and personal skills motivate me in organising exhibitions and conferences, which is a key strength of my career development. In general, I evaluate myself as being honest, sincere hard-worker who values perfection and efficiency. Not only I consider that these are significant strengths in my own life, but I observe that I communicate these traits to others, at times setting a bar, which is too high for anyone else to achieve. Besides, I possess a large number of skills, ranging from various types of designing and the technicalities of computer programming to event planning. These skills have helped me in a leadership position and various projects thus far in life. Regarding the four dimensions of leadership, I notice that I apply my relationship- oriented attitudes in building trust with my team members, ensuring that my tasks are achieved effectively and in a timely manner. One negative feature to my relationship-oriented approach is that I often accept extra workload to complete the bigger task in order to avoid conflict.
While learning about leadership from a book does not increase knowledge to a certain degree, I notice that I have an opportunity to become a better leader while learning on the job, subjecting myself to new situations, which test my limits and capabilities. This opportunity offers me a self-analysis, permitting me to polish my personality traits. Much more likely, Emotional Intelligence (EI) is my single weakness among leadership skills, which I have to work on. While I am able to control my own emotions and can measure the emotions of others, often I feel a great difficulty in keeping those personal feelings aside to best suit the environment. When I am upset, it is obvious to feel how others will interact with me and what will happen.
The biggest threat to my career growth is the latest developments in information and digital technology with the new processes being introduced every day. In order to compete in this era, it is necessary to learn and instil the latest developments of advanced technology in time, and to implement this knowledge in my career activity. This is a powerful lesson I have learned in order to improve my personal development plan from the conferences and events.
Implementation of a Personal Development Plan
My ambition is to become a successful manager in my life, but I have realised that I do not possess some vital skills, which are necessary for my career development. The book “Leadership on the Line” has helped me to a large extent with improving my skills for my PDP.
The philosophy of Getting Things Done helps me draw clearer, better plans for attaining my goals. I would like to share some of the significant characteristics of this philosophy that can benefit all, if they include the philosophy into their plans. After much research and reading, I have come to understand that there are several integral solutions of developing and executing PDP. Among them, the best, in my view, is how to get things done written by David Allen. I consider GTD (in short) is the best, because it provides the complete perspective, from organizing and planning to execution. Working on a joint project has given me an opportunity to learn from others in teamwork and how efficient leadership is crucial for teams. At the beginning of the project, I conducted the audit of skills by examining the areas where I needed improvement. The skill audit reflected a vital gap in team building, teamwork, communication skills, and problem-solving. I have decided to improve by becoming a class representative, because I realised that this would be a suitable platform where I would have the opportunity to improve myself in communication, written and oral skills. This way, I can learn how to lead people in teamwork and can also improve my problem-solving skills by listening to people and analysing the situation.
Resources and Activities
I thoroughly read different books and articles related to team building based on leadership qualities, motivation theories, time management, problem-solving, and effective communication. Mintzber’s “Management and Theory Concerning Life and Achievement of the Leaders and Jack Welch’s”Leadership Principle helped me understand different components of personal leadership styles and theories.”One-minute organiser plain and simple written byDonnaSmallin assisted me as well, showing another picture of a successful leader.
Active involvement in debates, group discussion, and presentations at the college level were the real test bench and opportunity, where I assessed my leadership qualities and applied knowledge gained during my course.All these activities have helped me build confidence, develop personality, motivate a team, delegate responsibilities, share power in teamwork, resolve problems and conflicts, evaluate performance, and lead people. I strongly believe that perfection in these activities is necessary for a successful leader.
Achievement against Aims and Objectives
I have created certain aims and objectives in my professional and personal development plan for the successful growth of my career. Aims and objectives consist of developing interpersonal skills and professional skills, necessary for successfully organizing events and conferences. They are as following:
- Development of strong listening skills;
- Patience and confidence in decision making;
- Ability to organise talented teamwork;
- Polite manners and use of appropriate language;
- Acquisition of all qualities of a successful leader;
- Learning of effective task delegation to subordinates;
- Enhancement of time management and delegation skills;
- Improvement of all key elements of problem-solving skills;
- In-depth studying of financial planning and budgeting.
Acquiring these interpersonal skills will define the success of events and conferences, organised by me. Displaying admirable qualities of interpersonal skills in conference planning, I can successfully build confidence and enhance the relationship with co-workers. It can be noticed that the purpose of practicing these skills is always contributing and expediting towards achieving long-term goals in my career. These skills reflect the personality of an individual in his/her personal life.