Employee Spotlight

(Part 3 of 4) Tracey K. Bruner, COA I Patient Care Technician

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?
I worked for a company and at first I simply sorted mail and packages to go onto different planes.  One summer though, I got paid to stand at the entrance to the planes with a net, a fly swatter and my steel toed boots to eliminate any Japanese beetles from entering planes traveling to regions within the United States that currently had no Japanese beetles.  We called ourselves the Swat team, since that’s pretty much all we did–swat bugs.

What does true leadership mean to you?
True leadership involves knowing the strengths of your team members and utilizing those strengths to the betterment of the team as a whole.  The strongest leaders delegate what they can and find a good balance between home and work life.  In addition, true leaders I’ve seen in my life place more importance on people as individuals than they do on the end goal–in other words, they would never sacrifice one of their team members simply to attain a goal, but will work with all team members to find solutions to problems and grow their team members through their weakness or teach them how to turn their weaknesses into strengths.  “That’s good enough” are not words you will hear from a true leader, as excellence and perfection are  the only stopping points.

How do you define success?

Setting and attaining a goal.  I don’t believe success is defined by dollar signs, but rather by an inward feeling of satisfaction at setting expectations for yourself or your team and meeting or exceeding each of those expectations, whether in family life, work life, or personal development.