Thursday, October 13, 2011

What exactly is stewardship again?

I mentioned in my post Monday that stewardship is the idea that you are caring for something in trust for someone else. A good steward sees whatever he has as for the good of everyone and so carefully manages it to ensure that it benefits the majority, sometimes even to the detriment of his own self-interests.

Servant Leaders tend to practice good stewardship when it comes to how they lead and run their organization. They do not make decisions solely for their own benefit, but rather for the benefit of everyone.

No where is this more important than in a nonprofit organization, where the leaders literally are stewards of the organizations assets and charged with the duty to use and distribute them to benefit those who receive the services of the organization.

However, this is also an essential leadership quality in a for-profit company, as any leader should know that his success is largely due to the success of his team... and if he makes choices that do not benefit his team, he will lose their trust and loyalty.

How do you view your organization, division or team? Do you see it as a vehicle for your own success, or as a vehicle for the success of all who work there and who benefit from the products and services of your company? Have you made choices that predominately benefit yourself and cut benefits from your team? Where can you improve in your organization to make it more of a benefit to your staff and to those you serve?

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