How Do Adults Grow?

I have long felt that the answer is connected to learning; stop learning and you stop growing. Our bodies may slow down their growth rate as far as outside appearances go, but that doesn’t mean we slow down on the inside, particularly in regard to how our brains work.

Learning is connected to thinking; and unlike our physical aging, that is a kind of growth that we cannot readily see, unless what we look for are the effects of it. What has changed, and has it gotten better?

This has turned out to be a very strong sub-theme for us in our study of Alaka‘i, the Hawaiian value of leadership, our value for the month of August over on Managing with Aloha Coaching. To look upon my more recent posts here you might think I have been too absorbed with photography and Flickr, but truth is that I have been absorbed with the discussions of self-leadership that have resulted with my managers as triggered by Alaka‘i.

What I assert within my Tuesday Essays this month centers around this definition of Self-Leadership:

“Self-leadership is the growing process of arriving at your own choice,
an arrival you will stand up for and articulate exceptionally well,
feeling you are prepared to both defend it and inspire with it.”

Think, learn, grow.


Articulate. Stand tall.

What is this growing process of arriving at one’s own choice, and why is it so important to you?

There is a certain calling within the value of Alaka‘i

“Leadership is about getting things done with others and through others, and as such, aspiring to leadership is not a goal or quality reserved for those with title, position or power. Conversely, when you have been one to demonstrate your leadership, people take notice you have it, and those promotions of title, position and power will find you.”
~ from Managing with Aloha

I would encourage you to check in with MWAC this month if you have not yet done so. This is where we are:


  1. says

    Rosa, as I read your post featuring Alaka‘i… it made me think of the elders in a tribe. They want younger people to succeed and they taught skills as master does to apprentice. Once younger people attained the skills they joined together in council.
    Adults indeed keep growing because the human brain has great plasticity so provides the capacity to keep learning. I find it’s a lifelong process. But, it’s also a choice to be a life-long learner.
    Thanks so much for your wisdom and for including a link back to my blog.