Proverbs 29:2: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. Romans 13:3-4: For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”
The idea here is that Christian leadership in the workplace should make a difference. There should be things that the people in the workplace should not have to experience: racism, sexism, favoritism or workplace violence. Any occurrence of these things should be dealt with swiftly and courageously. Courage may be needed to take actions that demonstrate unequivocally that these type things will not be tolerated.
There are some things that should be present because you are there: a sense of direction and purpose, a sense of fairness, encouragement, enthusiasm, relative peace, freedom to be creative, and a hearty permission to do their very best. There should also be an assurance that good work will be rewarded to all regardless of gender, race, age, physical or other disabilities.
Reflection: Do you see yourself as a courageous leader? Would the people that you lead describe you as courageous? What things or people have you put off confronting? Are you “too comfortable” confronting? That is, does your confrontation style also convey a sense of concern for the individual and the organization? If you have a quick confrontation “trigger”, have there been a lot of casualties and collateral damage? How could you strike a better balance between needed confrontation and conveying in a genuine way that the person has value both to you and the organization?
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