Leadership is Stewardship
A friend and client asked me what I’ve learned about stewardship. I wish there was more interest in stewardship because leaders are stewards.
I shifted the language from ‘learned’ to ‘learning’ when I texted back. People who think they’ve learned haven’t. We’re always learning and relearning.
Stewardship and the merger:
A leader in the financial sector told me she knew the merger was benefiting a few. The few receiving benefit are jerk-holes, not stewards. Self-interest is secondary to stewards.
5 things I’m learning about stewardship:
Exploitation, short-term advantage, and abusing people are repulsive to stewards. Sustainable advantage takes priority over short-term personal advantage.
Self-care is the means to caring for others.
People aren’t tools. Stewards are entrusted with people. Steward-leaders obsess about maximizing talent. You can’t control results but you can control how you treat people.
At the least, you keep learning to trust people. When you trust people, they dare to trust you. In a deeper sense, you learn to trust God with yourself and others. When you don’t believe in God, you still learn to trust people.
Identity determines behavior. Define stewardship and you discover the way ethical leaders act.
The success of others is the steward’s honor. The light shines on others.
Stewardship and confidence:
This post is longer than the text I sent my friend, but my text included another item. I told him I’m learning, “My way of seeing is relevant. I have a place.”
Stewards come to believe in their own relevance. A steward’s place in the world is helping others see their place. You don’t need glory. You show up to serve.
What are you learning about stewardship?
The 12 Assets That Elevate and Expand Every Leader’s Influence – This post explains 12 assets stewards manage.