GUIDE to the COMPLETION of A PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN
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?
An example of a PDP included later in this GUIDE, and should be read in conjunction with
the requirements outlined below. 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
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.
Example of a Personal Development Plan
Mr A is a 25 year old graduate working for a well-known mobile telecommunications
company. He is 2 years into their graduate recruitment programme. He joined the
organisation while at university and transferred to his current department following
graduation. After a year he was encouraged to enter a managerial leadership and
management development programme. He re-joined his department as a junior
His employer is supportive and has been reasonably flexible and supportive in making
allowances for the additional time off work to complete all the training modules.
Once properly qualified and with more experience, he is keen to take on more
responsibility and be seconded to another part of the company.
The example PDP is set out over the following page