Only a man’s character is the real criterion of worth.
You say youre the boss and your employees should just shut up and follow you. Heres a question for you, Leader. Have you taught them how to follow? Lets examine the transforming aspects of discipling. You say you got a business to run and no time for a religious lesson. Lets see. The right discipling process can change our biases, prejudices, and our culture paradigms. Adsit, an expert on discipleship, explains that a disciple is someone who learns by practicing the concept or teaching; this process can result in a lifestyle change. Discipling is the process that grows followers. Discipling is about character building and changing lives. Yes, you could view it as a religious concept; however, it also has corporate application. What if you inspired your followers in such a way that they were transformed into organizational zealots? Do you feel you would have a more productive organization? Therefore, organizations need to train employees in such a way that it becomes part of their lives. You teach them so that they will do the right things even when you are not around. Here are some steps in making organizational disciples:
· Set the proper moral examples as a leader.
· Conduct employee orientation with every new employee.
· Communicate regularly your organizations values and beliefs.
· Reward employees for doing the right things.
· Take a personal interest in each employees development.
· Get employees input on organizational changes.
Unfortunately, many managers will ignore discipling because they view it as a religious lesson. These leaders fail to understand this concept as a part of leadership principles. Dont make the same mistake. Discipling goes beyond any spiritual context. Its about teaching employees to do the right things. Discipling is an effective management tool. Dont wait to late to use it. Start today!.
Adsit, C. (2005). Go and Make What. Disciplemakers, International, Retrieved October 4, 2005, from http://www.milmin.com/resources/discipleship/gomakewhat.htm
Bell (2002) . Managers as Mentors. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehlers Publishers, Inc.
© 2006 by Daryl D. Green