Podcast: Mitch Rumppe on Why Companies Should Care About Personal Development

Personal development should matter as much to companies as it does to individuals, says Mitch Rumppe, a pastor-turned-business coach who now serves as associate coach at The Whiteboard Room. And what’s the most powerful driving force behind worthwhile personal development, you ask? It’s all about honesty.

In this episode of The Leadercast Podcast, Mitch explains why leaders and organizations should invest in personal development for their team members, and why honesty plays such a crucial role.

Why Honesty Matters

In order to grow as people, we must be honest with ourselves. “[You’re] only going to go as far as you’re willing to be honest,” explains Mitch in the podcast. “When a company, an individual or a brand pursues personal development, they have to be honest. And it’s that honesty that connects them to an authentic expression of themselves.”

Mitch works mostly with entrepreneurs who are trying to build their brands and grow their businesses. He takes clients, often creative entrepreneurs, through ideation sessions where they generate a massive amount of ideas for themselves or their business. He talks through mission statements with his clients to narrow them down into actionable goals with a definitive time frame, usually over 12 months. To begin this process, and to ultimately succeed in it, the client must be honest with themselves about their wants, their challenges and their goals.

Why Companies Should Care

When employees aren’t developing themselves, company cultures suffer. Mitch says he has often seen how a person’s internal insecurities can have a negative impact on the organization as a whole. When team members are functioning with a sense of internal rest (without the struggle to fight off internal insecurities), they’re able to act with a deeper sense of purpose and truly shine as a fuller version of themselves.

Why They Hesitate to Invest

Mitch says that many organizations are unsure about investing in personal development because of the misconception that it will be a waste of resources and lead to employee disengagement. He explains that one of the best ways to test the ROI of personal development is for leaders at the highest level in the organization to invest in it for themselves.

After prioritizing themselves, leaders can then begin to dispel some of the misconceptions about personal development that may be holding them back from making an investment for those on their teams. To begin the process, Mitch shares a few self-reflection questions leaders should ask themselves:

- What do I feel like I’m missing?
- Who do I feel like I’m competing with?
- Why do I feel like I need to compete?
- What do I feel like I need to do today? Is it out of fear or avoidance?

As an individual and as a leader, asking yourself these questions and working through them personally can be a great practice in both personal development and being honest with yourself. Doing this will lead to new discoveries and allow you to bring the cultural shift toward more personal development among your team.

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This post is based on an episode of The Leadercast Podcast with Mitch Rumppe, associate coach at The Whiteboard Room. To hear this episode, and many more like it, please subscribe to The Leadercast Podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play or Stitcher.

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