In the textbook, Management: Leading & Collaborating in a Competitive World, by Bateman & Snell the author’s discuss the ethical differences across cultures. According to Bateman & Snell there are five globally shared values that cross cultural boarders:
5. Respect for Others
We as Christians should already be living by these values. They are inherent in our Christian walk. Our Christ like way of life should be so established that these values are already a natural expression of who we are.
Batman & Snell state that the goal for managers is “to lead employees to maintain high ethical standards” (pg. 166). Managers need to be moral and make ethical decisions, and they also need to lead others to do the same thing.
Gary Collins points out in his book, Christian Coaching, that “leadership is action, not position” (Collins, 2002, pg. 70). We can lead through “writing, speaking, teaching, parenting or one-on-one mentoring. We can lead through the way we live.”
My boss looks at me and tells me that I can work from home if the weather is bad. Just check out a laptop. He knows I am a Christian. I really want to work from home, yet I know that I just started this job and don’t have enough work yet to keep me busy working from home. What do I do?
I demonstrate honesty and tell him that I appreciate the offer, but that I don’t really have enough work to keep me busy at home. I don’t want to go home and call turning on the laptop work. I will just drive in carefully and brave the bad weather.
It’s not an earth shattering moment. I didn’t save the company millions of dollars or prevent a law suit from happening. I was simply honest, and my honesty got me being the only one to come in and work when it was freezing cold and there were several inches of snow on the roads.
Yet a couple things happened.
1. I was able to demonstrate integrity and honesty. Even if this never leads to some sort of pat on the back God knows. God knows that I did the right thing, and in the end, that’s all that matters.
2. I was able to demonstrate to an unbeliever how the Christian life works. I don’t just say I am a Christian. I also act like one. Of course not all the time, thank God for forgiveness, but I do act like one consistently. I was able to show my manager this, and I am hoping that in the future he will know he can trust me.
I led a nonprofit for seven years, but feel more convinced everyday that the way to reach others is through our daily lives. Be a compassionate, fair, honest, responsible employee who respects others and you will lead others toward living moral and ethical lives. You will impact your workplace for Christ.
People are watching. Let’s show them something great!