BREAK THROUGH

Stewardship

 

Most terrific leaders are relentless stewards—a vital aspect of “servant leadership.” Stewardship is an active, intentional caring about what is important and valuable. One hallmark of great organizations is a steadfast commitment to advancing their people. This shows up in many ways: real listening, openness to feedback, closing the communications loop, empathy, inclusion, giving credit, fairness, communicating purpose and meaning, assigning growth risks, timely reviews, well-crafted career development plans, holding people accountable, rewarding outperformance, cutting slack when warranted, and many other ways including investments in manager growth through leadership training and executive coaching. Stewardship isn’t the province of a company enjoying a good year and having extra cash. It’s a perpetual mindset that causes good years. Great organizations have or uncover stewardship in their DNA. Lesser ones wither for lack of it.