"When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. It's about making the people who work for you smarter, bigger, and bolder. Nothing you do anymore as an individual matters except how you nurture and support your team and help its members increase their self-confidence. Yes, you will get your share of attention from up above - but only inasmuch as your team wins. Put another way: Your success as a leader will come not from what you do but from the reflected glory of your team." - Jack Welch
I spent the day doing something that I haven't done in a long time. I shared my knowledge and helped grow others.
A few weeks ago a great friend of mine contacted me for the possibility of being a guest speaker as a part of a panel to speak with undergraduates from his alma mater. The topic was Life After Graduation. It encompassed the feelings, the struggle, the preparation, resumes, interviews, etc.
Today was our day to make a difference in the world, if not for many, but for the few. Our panel of 6 professionals conducted 3 workshops to provide guidance and insight to undergraduates whose shoes we were in not too long ago. We had a great turnout of attendees who participated, asked questions, and showed enthusiasm for their futures. Each of the speakers brought to the table extensive insight, not just into their chosen career paths, but also to the general concerns of post-undergrad life.
The responses we received were amazing. Our connection was strong. Our discussions were thoughtful and on topic. And our respect for each other was built. These particular undergrads have a great future ahead of them. I commend them on their diligence and forward thinking to put together a series of workshops in this nature.
I hope that I can be a part of something like this again. It was a real honor to be asked to speak and participate in such a valuable topic. It reminded me of the days I devoted to enhancing the lives of students and the reward I felt after every session of guiding them, answering questions, and solving problems.
I look forward to sharing more of my knowledge with whomever inquires. We are one infinitely large team...