In response to globalization, as well as higher accountability demands, expectations of organizational leaderships are changing. For organizations to thrive and to meet the ever increasing demands of our sophisticated global society, heads of corporations must be more professionally and personally competent than ever before. To guide their organizations and employees towards a productive future, organizations’ leadership must have clearly defined values and be dedicated to continually upgrading their own knowledge and skills, and that of their subordinates. To ensure that a leader stays relevant in his or her chosen professon as well as beome abreast with the current best practices in a defined industry, s(he) must progressively upgrade (him/her)self through Continues Professional Development (CPD).
CPD may be defined as a planned, continuous and lifelong process whereby managers try to develop their personal and professional qualities, and to improve their knowledge, skills and practices, leading to their empowerment, improvement in the professional practices and development of their organizations.
On the strength of the preceding definition, one is safe to say that, to guide yourself against being demoted or dismissed from your organization you need to embrace CPD as your professional shield. If you say no to this statement, the effect is obvious – your brain will rust.
CPDs are important because they deliver benefits to the professional, the profession and the public. Other importance of CPDs include the fact that CPDs:
- ensure that ones capabilities are in snyc with the current standards of practices with a given field.
- ensure that you maintain and enhance the knowledge and skills you need to deliver a professional service to your customers, clients and the community.
- ensure that you and your knowledge stay relevant and up to date. You are more aware of the changing trends and directions in your profession. The pace of change is probably faster than it’s ever been – and this is a feature of the new normal that we live and work in. If you stand still you will get left behind, as the currency of your knowledge and skills becomes out-dated.
- CPDs help you continue to make a meaningful contribution to your team/organization. You become more effective in the workplace. This assists you to advance in your career and move into new positions where you can lead, manage, influence, coach and mentor others.
- CPDs help you to stay interested and interesting. Experience is a great teacher, but it does mean that we tend to do what we have done before. CPDs open you up to new possibilities, new knowledge and new skill areas.
- CPDs can deliver a deeper understanding of what it means to be a professional, along with a greater appreciation of the implications and impacts of your work.
- CPDs help advance the body of knowledge and technology within your profession
- CPDs can lead to increased public confidence in individual professionals and their profession as a whole.
From the foregoing discourse, it goes without say that CPDs matters a lot, especially if we do not want to be replaced in our various offices. It is for this reason and for others which, for want of space, have not been covered by this article, that the Chartered Institute of Leadership and Governance-Ghana, as part of its yearly programmes organizes more of CPDs for its members than it does for other activities.
About the Author:
Mr. Ibrahim Alhassan, FCILG is the Editor of Leadership and Governance Magazine. He is also a Data Analyst at the University for Development Studies (UDS), Tamale, Ghana.
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