In the business world, there is enormous pressure to get to the next level. For a small startup, that “next level” might mean evolving from a home-based business with just 1-2 employees into a small business with 10 or more employees on the payroll. Or, it might mean going from being unprofitable to profitable.
As you can see, there are many different ways to think about “getting to the next level.” However, this process doesn’t happen by magic. You don’t go from being a solo entrepreneurial venture into a thriving small business overnight. Instead, there are milestones and achievements along the way.
And, importantly, these milestones and achievements are personal as much as they are business-related. That’s because the successful growth of any small business correlates very strongly with successful personal growth. And nowhere is that more important than with the personal growth of the CEO.
This personal growth is usually focused around attributes typically referred to as “soft skills.” In contrast to technical skills, these soft skills might include things like being a good communicator, or being a good listener. They are skills that can take a team to the next level, and that’s why they are so vital. But they are rarely learned from a textbook.
So the next time the growth of your business seems to have stalled, take a closer look – it could be the case that your personal growth has stalled as well. That’s when you know that it’s time for the next evolution in your personal growth.