Dan Reiland The Pastor's Coach – Developing Church Leaders

Category / Staffing

A search for the ideal boss is like a quest for the Holy Grail. It will always elude you.

Getting along with your boss is more about perspective, give and take, and a lot of grace more than an ideal.

For example, when an employee has a highly structured and possibly detailed boss, they often want more freedom and empowerment. And when an employee has a highly fluid and creative ideas boss they often want more structure and clarity. It’s human nature to want more of the one you don’t have. However, that skews how you see the situation, and therefore solutions may escape you.

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When it comes to great staff, we all want to hire the best leaders, see them flourish and realize their God-given potential!

When a staff member is motivated, competent, and loves their job, they are a joy to work with! They bring life to the party and you want to be around them.

We also know that’s not always the case. An unhappy staff member who struggles to do their job, and possibly doesn’t like where they work can really hurt the team.

Selecting the best staff is an art, we never get it perfect, but if you know what you are aiming for you are much more likely to get.

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John Maxwell and Kevin Myers are two great bosses I have worked for in my ministry career. They are both strong visionary leaders, creative, empowering, and love God. I’m grateful for them both.

I have also known many bosses that other people work for who are a cross anywhere between Mr. Rogers and Godzilla. Extremes I know, but bad bosses are unfortunately all too common.

Over the years, I’ve interviewed hundreds of church staff and asked them what they want in a great boss. This post reflects those answers and my experience.

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I will admit that I’m leery to write this article.

Writing about a subject that is so very subjective and far more art than science, in a bullets and numbered lists format, makes me nervous. But I’m trusting that you will grant me grace by adding the heart and nuances of story from your own situation.

The bottom line is that you can’t coach anyone who doesn’t want to be coached.

You can pray, encourage and challenge, but when it comes to attitude, the ball is in their court.

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