You know what personal development is. You know what professional development is. Now The Team are sure you know that the two are similar concepts.

However, what you probably have not realised is just how bonded to each other they actually are. More importantly having a personal and/or organisational understanding of how the two piece together and are interlinked can have a dramatic impact on success in many contexts. Therefore, considering the alternate type of development when working on one and vice versa is a great way to holistically approach your learning. To quote sourceconsultinggroup, “We might say that professional development includes personal development.  Even more accurate is to say that true personal development is the wider circle that includes a professional line of development within a thriving human life”. Regardless of your opinion as to how entangled these two prime types of development are, it is a fact that you engage in the activities associated with them habitually.


On examining the link in depth, it seems logical to start with the definition of each:

According to

Professional Development:

Process of improving and increasing capabilities of staff through access to education and training opportunities in the workplace, through outside organization, or through watching others perform the job. Professional development helps build and maintain morale of staff members, and is thought to attract higher quality staff to an organization. Also called staff development.

Personal Development:

The process of improving oneself through such activities as enhancing employment skills, increasing consciousness and building wealth. The growing success of the self-help and personal development movement has assisted many business managers in obtaining more qualified and motivated personnel for their companies, and it has also encouraged more people to go into business for themselves.

It is evinced from the first definition that professional development pertains to enhancing a workforce and/or individuals within a workforce. Often goals here are specific to an organisation and their objectives at a specific time and the skills that would be require to deliver their products/services. The second definition indicates that personal development is where employees/professionals as individuals seek out their own knowledge and learn skills that they desire to have. Whereby, in a personal context the activities are more unique to the individual and his/her goals. The link appears in that both professional and personal development are analogous regarding a drive towards improvement, greater understanding and better effectiveness of individuals’ (either a single individual or a group, or workforce). They are additionally alike in that both require effort, time and resources (often money) to get involved  in and both regularly reoccur for all individuals universally and not just professionals.

Whilst personal development might seem separate from your professional life, it could in reality be a great way to achieve your career goals. It is not just what you learn that could help you thrive at work; by making your commitment to personal development clear to your employer,you will be able to demonstrate dedication and an ability to learn and grow. An increasingly important skill with the present and ongoing technological revolution along side the Fourth Industrial Revolution slowly seeping into our day-to-day lives. With most employers seeking candidates who are willing to progress within an industry, you could be well on your way to landing your dream role.

Though Leap Like A Salmon is an organisation specialising in continuous professional development services and tools, personal development is deeply coalesced with the work that The Team does. Personal development is not only important for spiritual fulfillment but also for your career. Regarding the point that the two are linked, it is highly important to realise that career goals being achieved and successes are partly the result of good personal development practices whether deliberate or not.

The ability to give feedback is one of the most important skills you should be continuously developing. It will enable you to correct errors, standardise procedures and develop people.  For the recipient it can be a powerful, revealing insight into how people perceive them. It should be seen as part of the process of CPD to support individuals with their own perspectives and personal development.

On the topic of personal development, it is personalisation that really sets Leap Like A Salmon apart regarding the products and services offered. The workshops run by The Team are customised to your organisation’s needs and delivered in simple, understandable language that enables learners to absorb information and gain new knowledge and skills.

“Continuing Professional Development is a process by which individuals take control of their own learning and development, by engaging in an on-going process of reflection and action.  This process is empowering and exciting and can stimulate people to achieve their aspirations and move towards their dreams” (Megginson & Whitaker, 2010).

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