I Work for Them

Someone asked me yesterday what my title was. Interesting question. I said “Lead Pastor”, kind of awkwardly. Then I added, “I guess I’m the leader because I started Connexus and got there first.”

Been leading Connexus for three years now and before that I led another church for over ten years. For the majority of those years, I’ve been the ‘boss’ in a multi-staff environment.

When we first hired staff, I never wanted to say that they worked for me. It sounded arrogant and even unfair.  So  I said I worked with them.

In the last while, I’ve changed my thinking again.  I’m come to view ‘power’ primarily as responsibility.  Not just as responsibility for an organization, but as responsibility to them personally.

Now, when I think about my role, I think instead that I work for them.

I spend more time than ever before asking questions like:

  • How can I help them succeed?
  • How can I help them find what they’re best at and help them spend more of their time doing that?
  • How can I help them meet their professional and personal goals?

Although not all of us are principal leaders in an organization, at some point almost all of us lead something…a team, a division, a family, a child, a friend, a community group or a Facebook group.

What are you learning about working for people, even when technically, they might work for you?  And if you’ve got a boss, when has he or she been at their best?

1 Comment

  1. Zhenya on February 14, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Interestingly enough, that is the philosophy that is taught by my martial arts teacher. Though in his case the thinking is eastern in origin, I do see impressions of the same type in the Bible. They do seem buried a little further, but they are there.

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