有效能的領袖傳達一個更大的異象(願景)

By Rick Boxx

當我的女兒梅根說她想要成為一位職能治療師時,我不了解這個職業要做什麼。那是在我們參觀堪薩斯大學醫學部研究所的職能治療系之前。

那研究所的主任首先歡迎所有的家長和未來的學生,接著告訴我們職能治療師的工作是「發掘病人的夢想,然後幫助他們克服挑戰去達成夢想。」

我驚嘆於職能治療師能帶來的有力影響。那位研究所主任一定是一位有智慧的領袖,因為她本來可以描述職能治療師每天的工作職責,也能正確地、仔細地說明工作內容。但她卻用一個改變生命的願景(異象)去啟發並鼓勵這些學生。並且在這過程中,她得到家長的熱忱支持,因為他們覺得自己的兒女能夠在人們的生活中扮演一個有意義的角色。

我們看到許多聖經中的例子,談到用一個未來的偉大異象(願景)去激勵跟隨者。例如在申命記3章,上帝告訴摩西:「你卻要囑咐約書亞,勉勵他,使他膽壯;因為他必在這百姓前面過去,使他們承受你所要觀看之地。」上帝不僅給約書亞一個任務──祂還傳達領導以色列人的異象。

一個有見識的領袖用一個更大,且比執行工作的那些責任更重要的異象去激勵別人。你可能聽過石磚工人的故事。歐洲的一個大建築團隊裡一個工人正在鑿一塊大花崗岩,一個路過的人問他在做什麼,那石匠回答:「我正在建一座大教堂!」那人有異象。

我們領袖的挑戰是傳達這個異象(願景),使人們看到他們的工作比他們更大。這要從我們開始,你無法將你沒有的給出去,所以我們自己必需先有更大的異象(願景),才能傳遞給別人。那就是為什麼我對職能治療師的真正工作內容有這麼深刻的印象。

我們在事業上花那麼多時間專注在盈虧、努力獲得利潤,但我們常常沒有看到更大的異象(願景)。在你的公司裡,你了解你所提供的產品和服務。但你的異象(願景)是什麼?你的事業要如何對你們所接觸人們的生活帶來正面、有意義的改變?這裡有兩個聖經的例子:

說清楚你期待他們做什麼。當耶穌一開始接觸祂未來的門徒時,祂需要讓他們願意放棄他們習慣的漁夫工作。祂簡單地告訴他們新的工作內容:「來跟從我,我要叫你們得人如得魚一樣」(馬太福音4章19節)。

傳達生命能如何被改變。耶穌基督在世上的事工快結束時,祂清楚地告訴祂的跟隨者,祂期待他們去「使萬民作我的門徒…凡我所吩咐你們的,都教訓他們遵守」(馬太福音28章19-20節)。

本文版權為正直資源中心(Integrity Resource Center, Inc.)所有。本文獲得授權改編自「瑞克.博克思的正直時刻Integrity Moments with Rich Boxx」。這系列的文章是以一個基督徒的觀點評論職場的正直議題。想要更多了解正直資源中心或想要收到電子文件的「瑞克每天的正直時刻Rick”s daily Integrity Moments」系列文章,請上網www.integrityresource.org。他的書「如何生意興隆而不犧牲正直」提供人們正直地作生意的方法。

省思 / 討論題目
若你聽到那研究所主任描述職能治療師的工作內容,你認為你會有什麼反應?請解釋。 你曾否遇過一位上司激勵你以更大的方式去看待你的工作,而不僅是執行某些職責而已?可能就像那個石磚工人,不是看著那塊花崗岩,而是看到那塊石頭會成為一座教堂的建材?若你曾遇過這樣的上司,他如何傳達那異象(願景)? 你的公司是否傳遞一個更大、更宏偉的異象(願景),讓身為公司一份子的你去努力達成?依你的看法,為何你的公司有異象(願景)?或為何沒有? 領袖們要傳達一個更大的異象(願景)給員工,並使他們有熱忱去擁抱那異象(願景)時,會面對哪些挑戰?註:若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文,請看:
以賽亞書60章22節;耶利米書29章11節;馬太福音17章20節;路加福音17章6節;使徒行傳1章8節;提摩太後書2章2、15節

EFFECTIVE LEADERS IMPART A BIGGER VISION
By Rick Boxx

When my daughter, Megan, said she desired to become an occupational therapist. I did not understand this vocation or what such work would entail. That was before we attended an open house at Kansas University Medical Center’s Graduate Program for Occupational Therapy.

The program director first greeted all of the parents and prospective students, then proceeded to inform us that an occupational therapist’s job is "to discover the dreams of the patient, then help them overcome their challenges to achieve those dreams."

I had to marvel at this powerful picture of the impact an occupational therapist can have. The program director must have been a wise leader, because she could have described daily duties and would have been accurate in detailing what an occupational therapist does. Instead, she inspired and encouraged these students with a vision for changing lives. And in the process, she gained the support of parents who felt great enthusiasm about the meaningful roles their children could play in people”s lives.

We see many biblical examples of the principle of inspiring followers with a great vision for the future. In Deuteronomy 3, for example, God said to Moses, "But commission Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he will lead this people across and will cause them to inherit the land that you will see." God was not just giving Joshua an assignment – He was imparting vision for leading the Israelites.

A savvy leader inspires others with a vision bigger and more important than the specific responsibilities involved in performing the job. You might know the story of the brick mason observed chipping at a large piece of granite, working as part of a large construction crew in Europe. When a passerby asked what he was doing, the mason replied, “I”m building a cathedral!” That man had vision.

The challenge for us as leaders is in communicating this vision, enabling people to see their work as bigger than themselves. It starts with us – you cannot give away something you do not possess, so we need to have the greater vision ourselves before we can pass it on to others. That is why I was so impressed by the description of what an occupational therapist actually does.

We spend so much of our time in business focused on the bottom line, striving for profits, that we often lose sight of a greater vision. In your company, you know the products and services you provide. But what is your vision – how can your business make a positive, meaningful difference in the lives of people that you touch? Here are two biblical examples:

Make clear what you expect them to do. When Jesus initially approached His future disciples, He needed to convince them to leave their accustomed work as fishermen. He simply gave them their new job description: “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).

Communicate how lives can be changed. At the close of His earthly ministry, Jesus Christ made clear to His followers what He expected them to do: “…go and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Copyright 2012, Integrity Resource Center, Inc. Adapted with permission from "Integrity Moments with Rick Boxx," a commentary on issues of integrity in the workplace from a Christian perspective. To learn more about Integrity Resource Center or to sign up for Rick”s daily Integrity Moments, visit www.integrityresource.org. His book, How to Prosper in Business Without Sacrificing Integrity, gives a biblical approach for doing business with integrity.

Reflection/Discussion Questions
How do you think you would have reacted upon hearing the program director describe what an occupational therapist does? Explain your answer. Have you ever worked for someone that inspired you to view your job in a larger way, as being much more than the specific responsibilities you were to carry out? Perhaps, like the brick mason that focused not on the block of granite, but rather the cathedral in which it would be placed? If so, how did that leader convey that vision? Does your company communicate a greater, grander vision for what you should be seeking to achieve as parts of a corporate unit? Why or why not, in your opinion? What are some of the challenges leaders face in casting a greater vision to employees and getting them to embrace them with enthusiasm?NOTE: If you have a Bible and would like to read more about this subject, consider the following passages: Isaiah 60:22; Jeremiah 29:11, 33:3; Matthew 17:20; Luke 17:6; Acts 1:8; 2 Timothy 2:2,15

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