Love Never Fails : Leadership that Cares

I walked into her office, weary from a busy week, worn down by responsibility and hours of sitting in LA traffic.

“Hi Boss! Come sit down!”

She speaks English with a thick Chinese accent. We chatted for quite some time about work, about family, about her broken wrist and sprained ankle. She told me about her Auntie and how she and I are so much alike.

“She is my role model. You are my role model. Oh, I know that you care about us. You love us. You are such a good bossy. I am so glad we have you!”

The words hit me sharply. “A role model?” I thought. “She knows I care? She knows I love them? I’m making an impact.”

She went on to ask me if I am “religious.” She told me her Auntie is religious. She told me that she wanted to be more like me, kind and caring.

My job isn’t always easy. I have to make decisions that affect people’s lives, and sometimes those decisions are difficult. I hold people accountable for their actions. I follow rules and expect them to as well. When they don’t, I have to correct their behavior. Now and then, I even have to fire someone. That’s the ugly part of leadership. But I try to always approach it with the humanity of the person first and foremost in my mind. I try to be a servant leader and model my leadership after Christ. Sometimes I fail at that.

The offices I managed before I took over this area earlier this year, were full of warm affirmation and appreciation. I had been in the region a long time and our trust runs deep. When I took over a new role, I had to start over, building relationships and trust brick by brick, through support, encouragement and patience. It has not been easy. That’s why this particular day stands out in my mind as a marker – an Ebenezer* so to speak.

I’m finally making a difference.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galations 6:9

That day taught me, that I was planting seeds. Under the earth I can’t see the life that is growing, but eventually I will see it because,

Love Never Fails

Love Never Fails

*An Ebenezer is an Old Testament tradition wherein God’s people would set up a stone and call it an Ebenezer saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”

This is the 6th post in my series Love Never Fails for the Write 31 Days blogging challenge. You can click here to go to my introduction page and find links to all the posts in the series. Also, if you’d like to receive these posts directly in your inbox, just enter your email address in the bar to the right. I promise to never share your information.

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