Three Ways To Lead Distinctively at Work
Power is a dangerous thing.
But it’s something many Christians will have to navigate the longer they spend in the workplace.
We may lead teams. Line manage. Project manage. Eventually we may lead organisations, companies, charities.
Power may be dangerous. But as something commonly abused, it’s also a great opportunity to display the difference that Christ makes.
Here are three ways.
#1 Consider others before yourself
How different leadership would look if leaders obeyed Paul’s simple command.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3
Our world treats power as if it’s reason to feel superior. It massages our ego as we issue down commands to those ‘lower’ than ourselves.
We must remember Christ. He used his power and high position to descend to earth to lift us up (Philippians 2:7).
If our leadership doesn’t look like this, it isn’t Christian.
#2 Work like it’s not the most important thing
Many high-level leaders have got there because they’ve sacrificed a lot along the way – sometimes things they should’ve prioritised before work.
Whatever level of leadership you’re at, you’ll do your colleagues a favour by working in a way that shouts loudly, ‘this isn’t what I’m living for.’
You’ll free them to prioritise what they should. And you’ll honour Jesus.
#3 Bear colleagues’ mistakes yourself
Finally, bear the mistakes of junior colleagues.
In front of your boss, don’t cover your back. Take their mistakes upon your back and shield them from any wrath that might be coming their way.
There’s no better way to display the person and work of our servant-leader Jesus Christ, who took upon himself God’s wrath and the punishment we deserved.
Jesus couldn’t be clearer – “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37).