1 - The Six Stages

Stages for Assisting Growth

 We all know growth doesn't happen over night. Personal change requires time and diligence. Leaders can come alongside those they lead to help them achieve personal and professional goals. In this 6-part course, clinical psychologist Dr. Jeffery Baker offers insight to leaders who want to see their followers grow by outlining the six stages of of growth.

Dr. Jeffery Baker has been a clinical psychologist for over 30 years. He specializes in individual, family, and group counseling, and also devotes time to training law enforcement officers, lecturing, writing, and consulting.

Jeff described the stages of growth. As leaders, we should come alongside those we lead to help them grow. But first, we need to know how people grow and when to do what. 

In your organization, do you feel it is part of your responsibility to help others grow, either in their work or personally? Why or why not?
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What hesitations or concerns do you have when it comes to stepping into your employees’ lives to help them make personal or professional changes? Why?
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What potential benefits do you see in helping your employees grow?
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One of the great joys of leadership comes when a leader builds up others. In our position of leadership, we can help those we lead through the stages of growth.
  1. Pre-Contemplation
  2. Contemplation
  3. Planning
  4. Action
  5. Maintenance
  6. Relapse

What are your initial impressions of Jeff's six stages? Why?
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How have you personally experienced those stages of growth in your life?
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This course will go into the details of each of these stages. After this brief overview, what insights have you gained about leadership and growth?
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Any kind of growth involves time. We all journey through these six stages at some point in life. Reflect on a time you went through significant growth. Identify how you experienced these stages so you can lead others through their growth.