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PD vs. PD

#blog #corliss #inspiration #leadership #leadershipdevelopment #motivation #personaldevelopment #professionaldevelopment Aug 18, 2023
Professional and personal development

Is personal development as important as professional professional development? 

In my experience, the short answer is- YES!

While professional development helps enhance a person's skills and knowledge related to their work, personal development focuses on the person who then goes to their profession.

Both are important. 

As an example-

A dental hygienist must stay up to date on current regulations, practices, and improved technology to do their job well, but if that hygienist is struggling with their mental health, it will undoubtedly impact their ability to show up as their best in the workplace.


It is common practice for an employer to support their employees' professional growth and often require ongoing education, but many fail to recognize the benefits that come from investing in individual development. As an individual, you may also place a high value on continuing to learn about your profession but may not place the same priority on your personal growth. 


Personal development and professional development are both crucial for achieving success in life. 

Here are five reasons why personal development is as important as professional development-  

  • Personal development helps us to build self-awareness and self-confidence, which are essential for achieving success in our professional lives. When we know our strengths and weaknesses, we can make better decisions and take actions that align with our goals and values.
  • Personal development helps us to manage stress and maintain a healthy work-life balance. When we prioritize our mental, emotional, and physical health, we can perform better at work and enjoy our personal lives more.
  • Personal development helps us to cultivate positive relationships with others, which is essential for success in any field. When we have strong social skills and emotional intelligence, we can communicate effectively, build trust, and collaborate with others more effectively.
  • Personal development helps individuals gain a better understanding of themselves. They learn why they think the way they do, grow in awareness of their reactions and learn valuable tools to respond in a positive way. 
  • Personal development helps us to pursue our passions and live a fulfilling life. When we have a sense of purpose and meaning, we are more motivated and engaged in our work and personal lives.  


As an employer, when you show you care about your employees and invest in their personal well-being, they will feel appreciated and have a sense of loyalty and belonging to your organization. When you grow the person, you will grow your business.

Recent research gathered through polls and interviews within my business network has determined that 92% of business leaders feel investing in an employee's personal growth positively impacts the bottom line and creates an uplifted and positive work environment. The world has changed and with it, the expectations of the people within your organization. Forward-thinking leaders will recognize that in order to create a healthy and positive work environment, you must care about the people within it.  

In summary, personal development is just as important as professional development because it helps to build self-awareness, manage stress and cultivate positive relationships and a healthy workplace culture. By focusing on both personal and professional development, we can achieve success in all areas of our lives.