I wonder how many of you reading this are in the position of being a supervisor? If so, do you find it an easy position to perform? How do you negotiate between your employees and your own supervisor, (if you have one, and most of us do). I would really like to take a poll of persons in supervisory positions to find out if you ever have feelings of ambivalence, frustration, exasperation, or stress. If so, is that a sign of weakness...or perhaps a clue that supervision really isn't your gift? Or is it normal to feel torn when you have to make unpopular decisions or carry out wishes of your own superiors that may cause others to become angry, dissatisfied with their position, or worse yet, dislike you because of the stand you must take? It's certainly not a pleasant place, but it seems to come with the territory. Being a "boss" is not a good position if you want to please others and be liked by those over whom you have been given authority. Sooner or later you will have to take a stand that will be unpopular, even if it is justified and appropriate.
I found myself saying recently that "I didn't accept this position to win a popularity contest". I couldn't believe my own ears. Why? Because my natural inclination is to be a friend to others, to always strive to be pleasant and considerate and kind, yes to "please men" (or women, as the case may be), and to "win friends and influence people"... (who said that? Dale Carnegie, I believe). It is not in my nature to be the "tough guy" or the enforcer. However, when people continually take advantage of one's good nature and transgress the "rules", thinking that no one would dare to stand up to them, it's time for action.
Anyone in a position of authority has the responsibility to enforce whatever rules and policies are in effect for that place of employment. And likewise, each employee is responsible to obey those policies unless they are in direct conflict with one's relationship with God. Everyone needs to reason within himself/herself that his highest priority is to please God...not man. If we truly strive to please God in all things, whether we are an employee or an employer, our working relationships should run more smoothly.
|Who is going to be in control? from Michael Belk's Journeys with the Messiah|
Yeah, I choose to please God rather than men, regardless of the personal outcome. How about you?
For further thoughts on this subject from a little different perspective, read Romans 13:1-7.