What are self-development skills?

Personal development skills are qualities and abilities that help you grow both personally and professionally. In other words, they are skills that help you nurture your personal development. Understanding and improving these skills can help you maximize your potential. This process is an ongoing journey of discovery and awareness where building upon your strengths enables you to make any gaps or areas of weakness less challenging to improve.

What is the difference between self-development and self-improvement?

Self-improvement (and self-help) are approaches that focus almost exclusively on areas of lack, weakness or gaps with a view to becoming better at something that you are not good at or is considered “missing”.

Self-development will also look to develop areas of weakness, or gaps but will also identify areas of strength and capability to improve further in a way that makes the areas of weakness less challenging to develop.

Self-development is higher on personal ownership, personal growth and action rather than watching or reading about the growth of others in self-improvement.

Why are self-development skills important?

Self-development skills are important because they allow you to create strategic and tactical plans for personal and professional growth towards your goals. It can be helpful to hone personal development skills so that you can naturally work them into your daily routines and use them to:

  • Achieve personal and career goals
  • Advance in your career
  • Improve your strengths and talents
  • Better yourself
  • Find fulfillment and satisfaction

CoachPro is a Self-Development Platform

Self-development can be challenging without the support and guidance of a proven platform. CoachPro provides you with the established structure, processes and performance measurement required to achieve your fullest potential. With responsive technologies and a fully integrated content system you can create, design, shape, and own your unique development pathways towards your desired goals and ambitions. Self-Coaching is not something you have to do on your own anymore!

Examples of Self-development Skills

Self-development skills can be traits or qualities you already have or ones you can gain through education and training. Individuals will value different self-development skills depending on their goals, but here are some examples of skills people commonly practice to facilitate personal growth :

  • Communication
  • Interpersonal
  • Organisation
  • Problem-solving
  • Self-confidence
  • Adaptability
  • Integrity
  • Work ethic
  • Leadership

There are a range of self-assessments, sessions and models on CoachPro that will enable you to accurately assess, identify and effectively improve in each of these self-development areas.


Communication includes your ability to speak, write and listen. With these skills, you can understand what others are saying and feeling and also convey your own ideas and feelings. Good communicators can speak clearly and confidently, using a tone that is positive and appropriate for the situation.


Also called people skills or social skills, interpersonal skills are the verbal and nonverbal behaviours and reactions to interactions with other people. They affect your ability to build relationships and make impressions on others in social situations.


Organisation skills include the tidiness of your physical and digital spaces as well as your ability to plan, schedule and prioritize. Good organisation can help save time, prevent miscommunications and improve efficiency.


Problem-solving is your ability to handle challenging or surprising situations. Good problem-solvers can stay calm when they encounter obstacles and assess all their options to find the best solution.


Self-confidence is the belief in your abilities, actions and decisions. If you have confidence in yourself, you might be more likely to pursue ambitious goals, try new things and believe you can succeed.


Adaptability is your ability to adjust quickly and easily to new things. People who handle change well often get along with a variety of personalities and thrive in any environment. They can also remain calm in surprising situations.


People tend to trust those who are honest and stand by their values. Integrity means doing what is right and telling the truth, even if doing so presents challenges. Having integrity can lead to a good reputation and opportunities for advancement.

Work ethic

Work Ethic includes not only hard work but also reliability, responsibility, quality, determination and discipline. People with good work ethic tend to be productive and have a positive attitude.


Leadership is the ability to guide people. Good leaders can motivate others and help them reach a shared goal. They build confidence and improve morale.

Improving Your Self-Development Skills on CoachPro

You can enhance your self-development skills by working through the self-coaching sessions, assessments, programmes and models on CoachPro, or even by listening in to the podcasts on the platform. The CoachPro System™ has been specifically designed to enhance your skills in self-development and self-coaching to ensure that you reach the levels of ownership and personal growth that lead you to achieving optimal results and outcomes.

1. Overcome your fears. 

Self-Development on CoachPro is about identifying, understanding and building your strengths so that the areas of improvement that you want to focus on become less challenging. This ensures that your self-development journey is one of confidence, ownership and genuine personal growth to become what you decide you want to be as the best version of you.

2. Read

There is a wide range of fantastic self-development reading on offer to you at CoachPro that provides you with practical and action-able insights, frameworks and approaches. These instructional, step-by-step guides on the topics you select are automatically gathered into your own unique collection for quick review.

3. Learn something new. 

There are 8 key self-development areas across The CoachPro System™ which gives you the opportunity to build upon existing strengths, but to also learn and develop in other areas that are less familiar or new to you. This extension of your focus is a great way to build your confidence in self-development and add new knowledge and skills.

4. Get Feedback.

CoachPro gives you some ideal ways to invite and receive feedback, which is so valuable in gathering a full picture of your performance in specific areas and to provide vital insight from the perspective of others in terms of what self-development decisions and choices you want to make. In addition to having all assessments with a 360-degree option where you can easily invite feedback and ratings from contributors you select, you can uniquely complete a 360-coaching session process where you can invite feedback and ratings on the output from your self-coaching sessions.

5. Learn from Others. 

All learners on CoachPro have the opportunity to rate each session, assessment, programme, model and podcast on The CoachPro System which provides you with comment and learning from others. This will give you elements of confirmation of your self-development experience while at others you may get some new ideas or fresh opinions that resonate with you, or get you to think.

6. Engage Your Network. 

Self-Development is not something you need to do on your own.  On CoachPro you can create and complete a wide range of Self-Coaching sessions, Assessments, Models, Programmes and podcasts. All of your activity on The CoachPro System produces individual Reports which are automatically captured in your Performance Dashboard along with all your scores, ratings and measurement. Engage your network by inviting Contributors to feedback and rate your performance on any topic, and by sharing your Reports and Dashboard scores.

7. Reflect & Review.

Self-Development is not only about creating and learning more, it is also reflecting and reviewing what you have done to develop a deeper understanding of your strengths and areas of opportunity. The Coaching Reports, Assessment Reports and the Journals on The CoachPro System™ enable you to benefit from the practice of reflection and review.

8. Breathe

Self-Development is an ongoing journey of discovery and achievement towards reaching your fullest potential, it should not be rushed or forced otherwise it will not last. It is important to breathe during Self-Development in order that you are able to keep your personal growth at the pace of your learning so that your development is genuine and authentic. This is your journey, designed by you. CoachPro is your self-development partner which enables you to work at your pace, at your convenience, whenever you want to, and in the way that works best for you to continue building solid foundations upon which your success will stand.

9. Accept Support. 

Self-Development is about ownership, self-determination and personal growth, but it is not something that you need to always do on your own. The CoachPro System™ is your self-development partner providing you with all the structure, processes, measurement and guidance you might need to reach your desired outcomes. In addition to the extensive range of “Coaching Tips” on CoachPro, you can now also “Aske the Coach” to get some direct support and interaction whenever you need to. Beyond CoachPro, you may have people in your network who will gladly be able to offer you valuable and insightful support and encouragement as you continue to build your own development pathways.

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