Ed. note: The article that follows reminds us to thank and celebrate great bosses in our church. If they don't come up to the standards here, the article provides a wonderful list of prayers for them.
National Boss Day is a time for workers to show appreciation to their employers. The day is annually observed in the United States on October 16, or the nearest working day. Over the years I’ve asked scores of ministry assistants to define their ideal boss.
The excellent boss according to Ministry Assistants:
• sets a high standard for attitude and actions
• treats others with respect and courtesy
• lives a life consistent with Christian principles
• works to master administrative skills
• appreciates the contributions of others
• does not play favorites
• asks for opinions, values input
• listens to concerns, acts on what is heard
• demonstrates a healthy sense of humor
• isn’t above pitching in to help in a pinch
• cares about building a team
• leads without micromanaging
• encourages professional growth
• walks the walk; doesn’t just talk the talk
• communicates, communicates, communicates!
Just as amazing as this impressive list of attributes is the declaration of several assistants that they work for just such a boss. Scores expressed how proud they are to work alongside their supervisors. Male, female, younger, older, with years of experience or new to the work, Christian executives are extraordinary bosses—a term of affection used with respect.
If you can relate, congratulations! Few experiences are more rewarding than working with a true leader. Fortunately, many pastors do take the role of team builder seriously. They grasp the importance of their example; they care about expanding their ministry by giving others the opportunity to grow and to serve.
My own work as a writer and instructor grew from my experience as the secretary to an excellent boss. Dr. James Akins was an encourager to everyone on our staff, in the church, and beyond. He’s gone on to his reward, but his influence lives on. Thanks, Brother Jim!
And to all bosses, may Boss Day inspire you to your best—to be the leader your team needs. Your influence matters!