In a recent post on “Mutual Voluntary Submission” Wayne wrote:
Not if my morals and Christian values are at risk. That can be tempting in the everyday business world of “we need to please the investors”. Never putting your people in such a compromising position is certainly one quality that makes a strong leader. But even if you are placed in such a position, and you think your job may be at risk, submitting to anything that would compromise my moral and Christian values is never an option.
Well said! We live in a world that seems to constantly demand us to compromise our moral values. I know Wayne, and he demonstrates incredible character under pressure. I would follow him whole-heartedly.
However, if you feel that these words have empowered us to “bow up” and refuse to submit to the authority above us….let’s be clear.
We should not submit if asked to commit a sin.
We should submit all other times, even if asked to do disagreeable actions.
- Terminating an employee whom we think is trying hard to do a good job
- Pushing the team to sacrifice or work overtime for a rude and difficult customer
- Giving our best energy to implement a project that we believe to be wasteful…or might even hurt the organization
Submission is difficult….because our leaders are imperfect human beings. They are fallible and at risk of making the wrong decision. But, it is not our job to protect the organization from our leaders. It is our job to serve them to the best of our abilities.
Thanks for listening!