Management: Leading a Kingdom Community Part 1
We love a little bit of friendly competition around the OneHope office, and occasionally during lunch, we will break out the backgammon boards. Vice Presidents will go head-to-head, moving each piece hoping to be declared the victor. The leadership team may play against the youngest members of our staff. Novice players will learn from more experienced players, and vice versa. The game is a perfect blend of skill and luck, so even a beginner can beat someone more experienced once in a while. Anyone who wants to play can join, and it always ends in good fun…but not every company or organization would agree to host a similar game time.
An article recently sparked dynamic discussion at OneHope. The topic? Friendships in the workplace, particularly for management.
As part of our culture at the ministry, we regularly engage with readings from management expert Peter Drucker, as much of how we operate is modeled after his best practices.
In one particular excerpt, Drucker shares the story of Alfred P. Sloan Jr, a longstanding CEO of General Motors, and his particular leadership style. Drucker highlights this quote from the automobile executive:
“It is the duty of the Chief Executive Officer to be objective and impartial,” Sloan said, explaining his management style. “He must be absolutely tolerant and pay no attention to how a man does his work, let alone whether he likes a man or not. The only criteria must be performance and character. And that is incompatible with friendship and social relations.
Source: Drucker, Peter F. (2009-10-13). The Daily Drucker (p. 116). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.