Monday, June 1, 2009

Have to VS. Want to

I was visiting with my brother in law over the weekend about his new role as manager at work. He told me about the previous manager and how completely different their managerial styles were. Since he has become manager the whole team direction has turned around and people are finally producing as a team and respect him as their boss.

There is a difference between obeying your boss and respecting your boss! When our boss runs around barking orders and talking down to us we do our ‘jobs’ because we have to but not normally because we want to. But when we feel valued and appreciated we perform at a higher level because we enjoy our ‘job’ and want to please our boss whom we value and respect. Obedience is required but respect is earned!

I started thinking about this dynamic in my own life. While I might not be a manager over a large team of people, I do certainly have people who are under my authority. How am I treating them? Do they feel valued and appreciated or barked at and ordered around? Are they obedient because they have to be or because I’ve earned their respect?

I know many of you work for a boss that you don’t respect. If so, a little shift in perspective may be in order. When I feel frustrated with those in authority over me, I make myself focus on the fact that I ultimately work for God and He can turn any negative into a positive! Then I make a decision that I will not allow a negative boss steal my joy – they can only take it from you if you allow them to! Keeping our focus on the ONE we serve will help us get through the daily frustrations on the job!

Be blessed,

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” Colossians 3:23


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