This was a good week for me at my job. Even though I am still learning my way around, I was able to get some things done that were critical to our short-term and long-term success. I also had several opportunities to learn from other leaders within the organization, and took full advantage of their feedback and comments as to what I could be doing to do a better job and to be a better person.
For the Real Christian Businessman, whether you are in a position of leadership at your workplace or not, you are still an unspoken leader because you are a believer in Jesus Christ. You have an obligation to set a good example, so that others will know not only what to do but how they too should lead.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matt 5:16 (KJV)
How are you doing at listening to others? Have you been doing things for a while and feel that you know how everything should be done? Are you open to hearing other ideas that may not only improve your business but you as a person?
As I was listening to a message from Andy Stanley this week, it reminded me of this message. He basically said that leaders need to listen to those around them or they will soon be surrounded by people who have nothing helpful to say. If you are surrounded by your own ego or the “this is the way we’ve always done it” attitude you will not get feedback that will make you better.
Basically, if you are going to make great decisions, you must have great information, and in order to get great information you have to be a good listener.
How will you change your approach to listening this week so that you will not only honor God in your listening but also help yourself to make great decisions?