When Ken Blanchard wrote (with Spencer Johnson) the now famous One Minute Manager, he said, "People who feel good about themselves produce good results." Later, when writing Putting the One Minute Manager to Work, (with Robert Lorber) he changed course and reversed the sentiment saying, "People who produce good results feel good about themselves."
I am reminded by his comment that it is easy for owners and managers to forget how important their teammates' job-related fullfillment is.
Blanchard goes on to say, in The Heart of a Leader that we must, "…make it a priority to help…people produce good resutls in two ways: making sure people know what their goals are and doing everything possible to support, encourage, and coach them to accomplish those goals."
Thinking back to all the many ways that past leaders have encouraged, helped and inspired us, perhaps we can make it a point today to focus on the success of those following our lead at home, at work and at church.
For more thoughts along these lines, take a look at The Heart of a Leader; it's a compilation of Blanchard's favorite sayings. You can read it through in one sitting or read one saying a day for a few months.