As an employer you have a responsibility to your employees.Much like a shepherd is responsible for protecting and tending to sheep, you're responsible for protecting and tending to your employees. As a Christian, you must lead by example and show your employees what Christ showed his disciples; the unconditional love of God, his grace, his mercy and forgiveness, his righteousness.
STAND OUT BY BEING HUMBLE
Getting paid more, having more vacation time and sitting in a bigger office than your employees are all things that can go to your head. Those things themselves are not bad, but letting them inflate your ego is. You are the only one who can keep those things from making you arrogant. In 1 Peter 5:5 Peter quotes Proverbs 3:34 and says "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble." With more power comes more responsibility, and those who let it go to their head will always struggle with gratitude towards God and others. Every skill and opportunity that has been set before you is there by God's design; the moment you think that it was by your own effort you nullify God's grace and jeopardize your success.
"Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful" John Wooden
In today's culture people feel the need to be extravagant to stand out; they go to great lengths to be different, weird, provocative and even on the edge of socially acceptable, all in order to sell something. I'll let you in on a little secret: if you want to stand out, be humble. Let God point the spotlight at you on his timing, not yours. "For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." (Matthew 23:12) God will not make you humble, humility is a choice and you must choose it in every situation. You must work at it until it becomes your default.
BE GENUINE AND GENUINELY CARE
Being a boss doesn't entitle you to being bossy.God is keenly interested in how you treat other people, especially those that he has entrusted you with overseeing. Make an effort to genuinely care for your employees like the centurion in Luke 7:2; Luke highlights that the centurion "valued highly" his servant. This indicates a relationship where the master cared for the well-being of the person, not just as hired help.
THINK ABOUT IT
In everything you do be an example of righteousness by showing mercy and love where others would not.Choose to be humble, God has given you all things that you have and it is through him that you have any success.When you are arrogant you are proclaiming that you don't need God, that you've done it all on your own - God doesn't take kindly to that attitude. Remember that how you treat other people is a reflection of your relationship with God; if you are caring and kind with those around you it is because you are overflowing with the grace of God, but if you are distant, mean or unfair with others it is because you are distant from God. Which are you? Are your employees people you genuinely care about, or are they just another pair of hands? How you answer will determine the level of success you achieve.
Kyle is a man in pursuit of his life's passion. He spends his time coaching individuals and groups on how to be passionate and motivated about the work they do. He is a Christian, father, husband and coach who strives to help others find joy in life.