Helping Others Succeed Makes You a Better Leader

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One of the really cool things that has developed over the past year with my job has been my involvement with the rabbit plant.  I travel to the plant about one day every other week.  When I do I perform training with the workers at the plant.  My main area of emphasis is the live rabbit welfare of the rabbits during their stay at the plant.  I teach them how to care for the rabbits and put the needs of the rabbit first.  We want the rabbits to be as comfortable during their stay as possible.  Over the last couple of months, I have also had the opportunity to work with rewriting our Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan for the rabbit plant.  Through this plan, we make sure we have established guidelines that the plant employees follow to ensure that we are treating the rabbits humanely and are producing a wholesome meat product that is free from any sort of contamination. 

I have gained a ton of personal fulfillment through my involvement with the plant.  I love coaching, developing, and leading the team there.  My desire is to do whatever I can to help them succeed and win.  It is a total team effort so when any member of the team succeeds, we all succeed.

What drives me to want to be the best teacher possible?  Well, several thing.  For one, I love my team and care about their development as leaders, as well as humans.  Secondly, I know that if they succeed, our overall mission succeeds.

One practical way I try to help set them up for success is by giving each of the team members an opportunity to give me, their teacher, direct feedback on how they feel I could do a better job of leading them.  So every couple of months, I ask them this one question:

What can I start, stop, and continue doing that would help set you up for greater success?

This is an important question because it cuts out any assumptions I may have about how well I’m leading the team.

More specifically, here’s what I am asking them:

Start:  What am I not currently doing that could potentially set you up for greater success?

Stop:  What am I currently doing that is frustrating you or that you feel could be hindering your success as a leader?

Continue:  What am I currently doing that is helping you succeed?

I’m convinced that building a strong team isn’t just about the leader developing, growing, and stretching their team.  It’s also about providing the team with regular and consistent opportunities to develop, grow, and stretch their leader.

I would like to challenge you to think of some practical ways that you could get feedback from the people you lead in your lives that would help you in developing yourself as well as them.  You need to make a commitment to be the best possible leader you can be and feedback is one really good way to do that.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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