Are You a Good Steward? by Barbara Baggerly-Hinojosa

Posted: November 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

Week 8 – Stewardship

How do we care for those things that matter most?  Stewardship is described as holding something in trust for another.  We all are stewards of those around us.  We are stewards of our family, our colleagues, our friends, and our organizations.  The art of Servant Leadership requires us to be stewards not only in terms of assets and legacies, but also of momentum, effectiveness, civility, and values.

Most people struggle with what stewardship actually means.  To some, it means budgeting and saving money.  To others it means developing financial independence.  However, stewardship simply means holding something in trust for another.   All members of an institution or organization should play significant roles in holding their institutions in trust. The Servant Leader cares for the well being of the institution by serving the needs of others in the institution for the greater good of society.  These leaders use collaboration, trust, and empathy in order to better serve others with the objective of enhancing the growth of those within the organization and increase teamwork and personal involvement.

The Servant Leader understands and embraces the need to make a contribution to society.  Through service, these leaders have the capacity to be a steward of the public good. Stewardship involves the leader’s personal responsibility to manage her/his life and affairs with proper regard for the rights of other people and for the common welfare of the organization and society.  Stewardship describes a commitment to serving the needs of others utilizing the use of openness and persuasion, rather than control.

You are invited to begin a new journey to stewardship by practicing the tips below this week.   We should all be asking ourselves what our role is in making the changes necessary to improve our organizations and ourselves.

Monday’s Lesson #1 – Work Smart

~Research opportunities for volunteers to contribute to your organization

~Treat employees like adults

~Write less, talk more

Tuesday’s Lesson #2 – Explore Nontraditional Funding

~Attend as many networking events as possible

~Plan cause oriented events

~Develop partnerships with service clubs

Wednesday’s Lesson #3 – Exploit Technology

~Rethink your business model for the 21st century

~Explore transitioning to eBusiness

~Investigate the importance of intangible assets

Thursday’s Lesson #4 – Save, Save, Save

~Anticipate future needs and save for them

~Don’t spend on short term indulgences with no thought of saving for upcoming needs

~Look for ways to save without reducing your giving

Friday’s Lesson #5 – Give, Give, Give

~Clean out your offices and donate old furniture and supplies that are no longer used

~Give wisely

~Select worthy causes that are directly related to your company’s mission and vision

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