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Running Head: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN1Professional Development PlanAlexandra FosterWalden University
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANProfessional Development PlanI have created this Professional Development Plan (PDP) to help outline and describe my goals in completing my Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree at Walden University. Bartley (2013) recognizes the importance of personal self-exploration regarding leadership, stating that this will support you externally in realizing your leadership potential and internally in achieving your leadership aspirations. In order to complete this PDP, I have done much self-exploration about my leadership qualities and assessed areas where I can improve, in order to make the most of my life and career. I have outlined three core goals: moving up the career ladder, achieving strong financial security, and teaching doctoral-level business administration courses. Bartley (2013) also describes the importance of accepting yourself for who you are and operating in your own skin. Through recognizing leadership and personal qualities, I will be betterable to analyze my ability for achieving my goals and focus on areas where I will need to be steadfast in making progress and improvements. Goal 1: Move up the Career LadderAs I work towards obtaining my Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), I must realize that my main goal for doing so is to move up the career ladder. It is my desire to continue working in the field of electric cooperatives, but I do desire to hold higher managerial positions in the future. Casse (2014) outlines that good leaders must have a good grasp of the leadership fundamentals, including providing a clear direction to those with whom they collaborate. It is this first goal that will require me to greatly improve and expound upon my leadership abilities. There are a lot of things that I need to learn to accomplish this goal and a number of steps that I will need to take to be successful.2
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANGoal 1 NarrativeMy first goal is to improve my leadership qualities, as well as knowledge of business administration in such a way that I can successfully move up the career ladder and obtain higher managerial positions. I have always wanted to be successful in life and I feel that moving up the career ladder is one way to measure success. I love to learn new things and take on new responsibilities. After reading Nussbaum (2015), I learned that brain health relies a lot upon a person’s ability to continue exercising their brain and expanding their knowledge. I believe that brain health is highly important in life and I hope to continue to be a life-long learner through my career advancements.A good leader has the ability to be an effective role model (Casse, 2014). I intend to accomplish my first goal through continuing to hone-in on my leadership abilities and grow as a person. Obtaining my DBA will be my first major tool in accomplishing this goal. After reflecting