The ultimate personal development plan guide (+ free templates)

What is a Personal Development Plan?

The aim of creating a personal development plan is to document a process of self-analysis, personal reflection and honest appraisal of your strengths and weaknesses. This should enable you to evaluate the value of the leadership and management training you have received, and to consider your future leadership development.

What do I need to do?

This task is relatively short, succinct and designed to be helpful in evaluating your leadership development. It enables you to reflect upon your recent experience and to focus on the next stage of your training and development. Creating your PDP has three stages as follows:

a. Stage 1 – Personal Analysis. The first stage is designed to analyse your strengths and weaknesses. You will be able to draw heavily upon your career and the outcomes of courses that you may have attended. These should be supplemented by the perceived opportunities that will have been derived from your experience and any threats to your continued success.

b. Stage 2 – Setting Goals. This involves setting new and clearly definable goals for yourself which are measurable. The example PDP provides clear guidance on identifying these. You will need to consult your immediate superior (your first reporting officer/line manager)

c. Stage 3 – Personal Objectives. This stage involves setting out your personal objectives. These can also be set in context within your civilian employment as shown in the example, which will be helpful in reinforcing its value.

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