Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Your boss Needs you to be... - by Tim Stevens

  • A Momentum-Increaser — don’t make your boss be the only one pulling up the attitude and bringing energy to the workplace.
  • A Values-Champion — No one should live out the values of the organization more than you do.
  • A Silo-Destroyer — sniff out and destroy the silos that exist in departments throughout the organization. Make sure everyone is more committed to the macro vision than their micro project.
  • A Straight-Talker — don’t engage in triangle conversations or put-downs of your team or leaders.
  • A Generous-Giver — okay, this one is specific to working at a church, but I would never work for a church where I didn’t believe in it enough to give as much as I possibly could.
  • An Innovative-Thinker — be solution-oriented. Don’t just come to your boss with problems, but also solutions. Your attitude should be, “Economy tough? Less staff? Lower budget? No problem, we’ll figure out a way to get through this!”
  • A Loyal-Friend — you don’t have to hang out together, but he needs to know you are “for” him. If put in a corner, your boss knows you would defend her.
  • A Back-Protector — always believe the best. Always.
  • An Integrity-Keeper — you are who you are when no one is looking. Your boss needs you to have great character.
  • An Unbelievable-Spouse and Effective Parent — the strength of your leadership and effectiveness comes from your leadership at home.
  • A Lifelong Learner — read books, study other best practices, learn, learn, learn–then come back and apply it to your organization.
  • An Equipping-Leader…not a Satisfied-Doer — You should be building teams and reproducing teams. Take delight in the success of your team more than your own success!
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