“And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him” (Ephesians 6:9).
Wisely exercising authority over others in the workplace is a challenge. Being a good and godly boss does not happen by accident. Although written for application in the first century’s context of slavery, the words of Ephesians 6:9 provide excellent insight into the essential ingredients of a godly boss. These include:
Treat others the way you want to be treated. Recognizing and being sensitive to an employee’s humanity is applicable in every situation, including the workplace.
Be genuinely concerned about those you are leading. Sincere interest in the well-being of those under your authority is imperative. You do not have to be “best buds”; you do need to show real concern and heartfelt goodwill.
Seek to motivate by challenging, not threatening. Teamwork and a sense of community are cultivated by goal setting, not berating. Spoken words of appreciation and a commitment to fairness are essential. Usually, a threat is not followed through if its conditions are not met; this rapidly obliterates motivation and severely damages trust. Threats are a lose-lose proposition.
Be a good steward of your authority. Regardless of where you are on the company’s chain of command, the location of your Big Boss’s office is heaven. Just like those located below you in the chain of command, He expects you to work using the godly principles He has given you. He is the final judge of your job performance.