Being a Christian:
“How Does It Help or Hurt Managers in Building the Best Working Relationship with Staff?” Adrienne N. Manning
October 30 2014
A Christian is a person who believes in Jesus Christ, accepts Him as Lord and Savior, and lives by His teachings and instructions (Webster, 2003). So, what is a Christian manager? A Christian manager is a shepherd and servant to the flock, shows humility, is a good steward of their resources, and believes in building good relationships with those being managed. There are, however, Christians that are managers, but, do not manage according to Christian discipleship. They are as cynical as the unsaved men and women of the world. Therefore, being a Christian can help as well as hurt the ability of a manager to build the best working relationship possible with his/her staff.
Employee engagement is a good example of how being a Christian can help or hurt the ability of a manager to build the best work relationship with staff. A Christian manager knows the rules of engagement. They consider the questions: 1) How do we engage each other/our employee; 2) how do we have those difficult conversations with each other/employees; 3) are we comfortable with conflict? Are our employees comfortable with conflict; and what’s behind our tendency to take things personally (DevelopMe, 2014)? Good Christian managers know the effects of accepting confrontation and exemplify good rules of engagement. They understand that a conflict is not good and "listen carefully to people and show them they've heard them by responding verbally or taking action" (Woolfe, 2002). Managers that are Christians, on the other hand, tend to not have many disagreements on their teams because, team members are afraid to speak up because they fear management or being fired. Managers that lead in this manner have decreased employee engagement. Managers acting in this manner are outside of Christian leadership. According to the Bible, leaders should “…do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.” (Ephesians 6:9, NKJV), and “masters, give your bondservants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven…Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:1, 6, NKJV). Another way that Christian management helps build the best working relationship among staff is through transparency. Managers and leaders should expose themselves to followers. Not in a damaging way, but by way of honesty and humility. Workers need to feel that they can relate to management. They need to know that managers make mistakes and sometimes fail, but they take accountability in their shortcomings. Christian managers are not quick to point the finger when things go wrong and accept responsibility for the team no matter what the outcome is. This type of behavior promotes trust among the team. This week’s lesson in The Bible on Leadership highlights the point that “the higher you go, the more visible your integrity or lack of it becomes” (Woolfe, 2002). Managers that are Christians hurt working relationships through their lack of humility. These managers have a huge ego and are very arrogant. They do not take accountability for their errors and find some way to dump the blame on employees. They typically have the mentality that they are always right. This type of management promotes dishonesty within the team. You can’t expect honest followers if you model dishonesty (Woolfe, 2002). A final way that Christian managers help build the best working relationship among staff is by building up the team, allowing the team to be creative and honing the strengths of each member of their team. This behavior is exhibited by praising team members for good performance and not taking credit for their efforts and...
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